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Axel Tuanzebe: Keep, Loan or Sell?

Axel Tuanzebe is one of the most promising defenders to have come through the ranks at Manchester United in recent years.

He captained United’s U18 team and won the prestigious Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in 2015.

In a bid to get more game time, he was sent on two loan spells to Aston Villa, both of which proved to be quite successful.

He had a good run of games and established himself as a crucial player in Villa’s squad.

When he returned to United, he was anticipated to play an important role in the team.

This season started with optimism when Tuanzebe showed a strong defensive display against Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the season.

However, he failed to get opportunities regularly, starting only nine games in all competitions.

Despite his lack of game time and injury problems, there are no doubts that this academy product has huge potential.

He has everything in his locker to become successful at United.

Unfortunately, Tuanzebe has yet to earn the manager’s faith and his opportunities could be limited again next season.

The Red Devils are eager to sign a well-established centre-back this summer to partner Harry Maguire. 

Victor Lindelof has improved this past season and he will be a robust back-up.

Eric Bailly extended his contract with the club two months ago which indicates that he is still United’s plans.

This will push Tuanzebe further down the pecking order and restrict his playing time.

The only way he can benefit is by going to a club where he can get a consistent stretch of games.

Considering the talent and skills he possesses, the Red Devils should not allow him to leave the club permanently.

A loan move to another Premier League club looks to be the more sensible option for both parties.

Verdict: Loan.

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