Tuanzebe: “Mourinho gave me one job – to stay with Sanchez”

Date published: Monday 8th May 2017 2:58

Axel Tuanzebe: Marked Sanchez

Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe has admitted that his instructions on Sunday were simple: to mark Alexis Sanchez.

The inexperiences Tuanzebe had only previously made one FA Cup substitute appearance, and at 19-years-old he was given a not so easy task.

The manager gave me one job – to stay with him [Sanchez] and I seemed to do that quite well,” Tuanzebe said to MUTV.

“But we didn’t win, so it doesn’t count as much. It is good to have the opportunity to play – the manager gives you a job and you have to show he can trust you for future games.

“It is all thanks to the manager because he gave me the opportunity. We didn’t get the win, which is a disappointment, but I’m chuffed personally.

“At first, you see all the fans and you think: ‘Flipping heck,’ but when the game starts, you lose yourself in it and concentrate on doing your job.

“You don’t have a time where you are ready to play, you just have to be thrown into the deep end and if you can cope, you know you have confidence and you can fall back on it and think: ‘Yeah, I’ve played like that before and I can do it again.’

“I feel in with the lads now. It also demonstrates to people that I can play and the lads have more trust in me, so it is a good feeling.

“My goals now are to get as many minutes as I can until the end of the season and come back stronger for pre-season, to show the manager I’m here and one of the stronger candidates for next year’s team.”

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