Manchester United fans may want to forget all about Louis van Gaal’s two-year spell at Old Trafford but his legacy will no doubt be the impressive number of youngsters he handed debuts to.
The likes of Timothy Fosu-Mesnsah, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Marcus Rashford were all given their senior debuts by the Dutchman, with the trio seemingly having very bright futures ahead of them.
Whether or not Jose Mourinho will allow academy prospects to break into the first-team like his predecessor remains to be seen. However, there is one youngster that United supporters are desperate to see in the Premier League this season.
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That man is 18-year-old Axel Tuanzebe.
The centre-back was playing for United’s reserve side against Oldham on Wednesday night in the final of the Lancashire Senior Cup and it’s fair to say he caught the eye.
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United may have lost on penalties after a 1-1 draw, but just check out how excited some of the supporters were after seeing Tuanzebe’s performance:
Last season, Tuanzebe won the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award at Old Trafford - an award that has been won by the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, Wes Brown, Giuseppe Rossi and Danny Welbeck.
However, as a centre-back, Tuanzebe may find it tricky to break into the first-team this campaign. Chris Smalling is a nailed-on starter, although his partner isn’t yet confirmed.
The club may have spent £30million on Eric Bailly but Mourinho has already made the admission that the Ivorian may not be ready for English football. Elsewhere, Phil Jones, Marcus Rojo and Daley Blind will also be hoping to play alongside Smalling this year.
While Tuanzebe may find it difficult to play for Mourinho’s side, some fans are in no doubt that he is a future star.
Mourinho on Tuanzebe
In fact, Mourinho was directly asked about Tuanzebe and another youngster, Tyrell Warren, when he first arrived at the club.
"I don't know them [Tuanzebe and Tyrell Warren] well but I just trust Nicky Butt, [head of football development] John Murtough and the structure's judgement, when they say we have a few players who, in a couple of years, can be first-team players," Mourinho said.
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