Axel Tuanzebe Pockets Kylian Mbappe In Defensive Masterclass Against Paris Saint-Germain
Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe was imperious at the back as the Red Devils beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the French capital.
With Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly not fit for the fixture, the 22-year-old made his first appearance since December and dropped a defensive masterclass.
His last game before tonight was a Carabao Cup tie against Colchester United and here he was up against one of the world's best in Kylian Mbappe.
But he kept the Frenchman incredibly quiet thanks to a solid performance. There was one instance where the PSG speed demon got in behind in a dangerous situation but Tuanzebe, one of the fastest players at United, darted back in and made a sensational last-ditch tackle.
The statistics highlight just how strong Tuanzebe was in his first outing of the year. He won every one of his duels in the air, had a pass accuracy of 92% and made a total of seven clearances.
Axel Tuanzebe's game by numbers vs. PSG:- Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) October 20, 2020
100% aerial duels won
92% pass accuracy
Excellent performance. :clap::clap::clap: pic.twitter.com/eDdlKgGS8h
Marcus Rashford was the match-winner once again at the Parc des Princes but Tuanzebe was the Man of the Match and his thwarting of Mbappe became the talk of the town on social media.
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Axel Tuanzebe should be the FIRST NAME on Ole's team-sheet in defence.- Guztavo Khanage (@GuzKhanOfficial) October 20, 2020
Everyone else can come after. Man has synergy with Wan Bissssss 'n' all!
If it was any other defender who came in after a year and put in a performance against that PSG attack, it would be spoken about for weeks.- The United Link :trophy: (@TheUnitedLink) October 20, 2020
Axel Tuanzebe, take a bow. :red_circle::heart::crown:
Axel Tuanzebe produced that performance - against that front three - in his first appearance since December 2019. Absolutely immense! :red_circle::white_circle::black_circle: #MUFC pic.twitter.com/O5r3itONs9- Mark Froggatt (@Mark_Froggatt) October 20, 2020
Axel Tuanzebe emptying his pockets tonight: pic.twitter.com/LuqR4F6HRV- Ashley (@Mr_AJA) October 20, 2020
Axel Tuanzebe played his first game for Manchester United since December last year.- B/R Football (@brfootball) October 20, 2020
He had Kylian Mbappe on lock :lock: pic.twitter.com/mVn4H2Q0IP
I genuinely think Axel Tuanzebe could be the next Rio Ferdinand pic.twitter.com/dsy8cwGlcw- Caleb . (@Caleb_Mufc) October 20, 2020
Commenting on Tuenzebe's exceptional display, David De Gea told MUTV: "He was unbelievable. He did really, really well. He has been in difficult moments but now he has showed he is capable of playing in big games."
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