It was a big call from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to consist of Axel Tuanzebe in an unknown back 3 up against Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.
Returning defender Axel Tuanzebe is figured out to assistance Manchester United complete in the Champions League after their resolve to control as the “bigger club” gained benefits at Paris St Germain.
Even with Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly hurt, it was a big call from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to consist of the 22-year-old in an unknown back 3 up against Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.
Making his first appearance since the Carabao Cup win against Colchester in December 2019, the United academy graduate stepped up remarkably and assisted his side to another fine win in the French capital.
Anthony Martial’s own goal counteracted Bruno Fernandes’ retaken penalty, however Marcus Rashford knocked home at the death to secure a 2-1 success that Solskjaer’s side should have from their Group H opener.
“It was good, it was good to get a run out,” Tuanzebe stated. “It’s a challenging game to come back to, however I’m just pleased we have actually got the win.
” For us, we came hereto win We’re in this competition to complete.
” We revealed PSG regard, however eventually we’re the bigger team and we want to control and get the 3 points.
” We’re a big club and we’re out here to complete. We’re not here for the music or just for the parade.
A first #MUFC appearance since December 2019.
A rock at theback Well played, Axel #UCL pic.twitter.com/lfvHKRvYUB
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 20, 2020
“We worked hard last season to be in this competition, so we want to be the best we can and we wanted to start off just as we did today and continue that momentum going forward.”
Tuanzebe talked with the authority he showed in defence, where one specific obstacle with World Cup- winning star Mbappe highlighted his abilities to be a leading defender.
Solskjaer admired the 22-year-old for his “unbelievable performance” in Paris– a screen the United boss confessed “almost surprised” the coaching personnel as they “know he’s a good player but on a night like this, he was fantastic”.
Tuanzebe finished the full match on his first appearance of 2020 and revealed he can starting for United, having shone in the 3-5-2 system that was so efficient at the empty Parc des Princes.
Axel Tuanzebe stepped up wonderfully at PSG (PA Wire through ABACA)
“I’m feeling OK,” he stated. “You train hard for this.
” I have actually been with the rehabilitation team and they have actually been getting me in every day and striving for these sort of minutes, so it’s lastly settled.
” Clearly to help the team and it being a challenging game, we attempted something new (tactically) and it settled.
“And we’re happy that it paid off. Three points and happy days.”
— Victor Lindelöf (@vlindelof) October 21, 2020
Tuanzebe applauded Alex Telles for his “solid performance” at left wing-back on his debut, while he was as amazed as everybody else by Rashford after protecting a late win at PSG, just as he did 19 months ago.
“I kept telling him through the game, ‘I want my goal, I want my goal!’ and he delivered, so I’m just happy for him,” the defender informed MUTV.
“He’s delivering week in, week out for the team and I just want him to keep going and helping the team out.”