Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, wants Axel Tuanzebe to stay and fight for his place at the Old Trafford this season.
Manchester United completed the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City for a record fee of £80m and the 26-year-old will most definitely start alongside Victor Lindelof as the first-choice pairing in the majority of the fixtures.
Apart from Axel Tuanzebe, Manchester United have the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Marcos Rojo fighting for the Center-Back spot, while Eric Bailly, who suffered a knee injury against Tottenham in the preseason game, should be back by the end of this year.
With so many players fighting for the center-back spots, there is a feeling that Axel Tuanzebe might be one to be pushed out on a loan.
However, if the latest reports are to be believed, Solskjaer wants the 21-year-old to stay and fight for his place in the starting eleven.
The Norwegian is said to be a big fan of the young center-back and has already talked highly about him during our preseason tour in Australia:
“Axel has got a great chance of staying here and playing.
“He had a great season last year, albeit a stop-start season with injuries, but he’s really proven that he’s capable of playing at this level.
”He got promoted with Aston Villa and he’s come back very strong and focused.
“He did well in the first game here in Perth, so he’s one of the young exciting players I can’t wait to see more of.“
While Maguire and Lindelof should start the majority of the games, the spot for the third center-back is still wide open with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe fighting for the role ahead of Marcos Rojo.
In theory, Tuanzebe should be able to earn plenty of minutes in the cup games and the Europa League and it would be a wise choice for the 21-year-old to stick around with the first team.
But, then again, a loan move to a Premier League side where the 21-year-old is a first-team player could be even better for his development as we move some of the deadwood from the squad in a year’s time.
It’s a tough one to call, but I expect Ole to make the right decision here. What would you do?