Forgotten Manchester United Player Returns to Training to Help Erik Ten Hag Expand Opportunities

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After the break in the World Cup, the number of Manchester United matches is increasing every day, and now they face the prospect of playing 10 games in one month.

Eric ten Haag knows how important the depth of the squad is ahead of the crucial second half of the season, when United will be fighting on all four fronts.

While several first-team stars are disappointed with the lack of minutes, some of them are slowly regaining their form and have started training after a long break.

One of them is Axel Tuanzebe, who was spotted at a team training session earlier this week and really wants to impress the Dutch coach.

Promising career at United is on the decline

The central defender has not played in competitions for more than a year, and his last match was for Napoli in the Italian Cup match with Fiorentina on January 13, 2022.

His last appearance in a United shirt was in a heartbreaking defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final in May 2021.

The 25-year-old’s success was predicted by Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Sulscher, and he showed one of his best matches against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

The United academy graduate also became the youngest player to captain United since Norman Whiteside in 1985 during the EFL Cup victory over Rochdale in September 2019.

But injuries and poor form ruined his career, and last season was unforgettable. It all started promisingly back at Aston Villa, where he shone on loan at the beginning of his career.

But he soon lost his place in the first XI, and after playing only 11 times in six months, Tuanzebe decided to take a chance and moved to Napoli in Serie A.

This turned into a disaster, as the England under-21 player spent only 10 minutes in the championship.

After a disastrous last season, Axel returned to training

He was supposed to be part of Eric Ten Hag’s pre-season squad, but due to injury he had to fly back to Manchester and recover.

The defender returned to solo training last month and the Dutch manager included him in his personal training plan at Carrington.

After a long break from competitive football, Tuanzebe finally returned to the grass with his teammates this week. He was depicted jogging and participating in rondo games.

According to the Manchester Evening News, he is not going to be loaned out and will provide the Dutchman with additional opportunities in defense.

“Tuanzebe is expected to remain at the club beyond the January window to provide additional competition and support to senior central defenders Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire, as well as Luke Shaw.”

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