Because of the World Cup, Manchester United fans will get the opportunity to see various fringe players and youngsters on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.
A handful of exciting starlets have been included in United’s tour squad including Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood.
United get their pre-season campaign underway against Club America on Thursday night (03:00 Friday morning, UK time) before taking on San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.
While the first two matches are mostly about improving fitness levels, they will present the aforementioned youngsters and fringe players with an opportunity to catch Jose Mourinho’s eye ahead of the International Champions Cup.
The Red Devils will face AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid in the pre-season tournament over the next two weeks. They then go head-to-head with Bayern Munich in a separate friendly on August 5, five days before taking on Leicester City at Old Trafford in their Premier League opener.
Another youngster who will be hoping to make an impression this summer is 20-year-old Axel Tuanzebe, a highly-rated defender who spent time on loan at Aston Villa last season.
The England Under-21 international, who joined United in 2005 aged eight, also made three first-team appearances for Mourinho’s side last term.
Tuanzebe breaks Guinness World Record
It’s just emerged, however, that Tuanzebe is now the proud owner of a very unusual Guinness World Record.
But it has absolutely nothing to do with football.
Have you ever heard of the board game Hungry Hippos? If you grew up in the 1990s, there’s a fairly good chance you played it as a kid.
Anyway, it turns out that Tuanzebe is an absolute expert at it.
Per The Sun, he has just entered the record books for the fastest time to clear the game in just 17.36 seconds, beating teammate Ro-Shaun Williams on the pre-season tour.
Images of Tuanzebe standby alongside his Guinness World Record certificate and official adjudicator Adam Brown have emerged and the lad looks proud as punch.
Brown said: "We have had a great day adjudicating a range of record attempts with the Manchester United Football team as part of their collaboration with Guinness World Records.
"Axel Tuanzebe, was the bigger winner of the day and bagged himself the record for Fastest time to clear a game of hungry hippos in a time of 17.36 seconds, beating competition from his fellow team mates."
The Sun also reveal that the record was previously taken on by League of their Own stars Freddie Flintoff, Jamie Redknapp, James Corden and Jack Whitehall - but all failed where Tuanzebe succeeded.
You can watch their world record attempt here...
Even if the football doesn’t work out, at least Axel will always have his Hungry Hippos world record.
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