Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes centre-back Axel Tuanzebe has put himself within the body to change into a daily starter after his wonderful exhibiting within the 2-1 win towards Paris Saint-Germain within the Champions League on Tuesday night.
With Harry Maguire having been compelled to sit down out the journey to the French capital with a knock, United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to place Tuanzebe on the proper of the back-three, with Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw making up the trio.
Regardless of being plunged right into a recreation of such magnitude, which noticed United face among the world’s most dangerous attackers within the form of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, Tuanzebe was not fazed by the event, with an assured exhibiting to assist United kick-off their group stage fixtures in good vogue.
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And after such an excellent efficiency, Berbatov is hopeful that Tuanzebe’s alternative to impress towards PSG wasn’t only a flash within the pan, insisting he should now be thought-about as a first-choice choice within the video games that lie forward.
“I believed Axel Tuanzebe was wonderful in defence, for his age he confirmed a lot maturity and energy,” Berbatov advised betfair.
“He did not look intimidated or afraid of the large names he needed to defend, and a recreation like it will give him confidence. He has made the case for himself that he ought to play extra.
“It is just one recreation however he seems to have all of the qualities of an awesome defender – pace and energy, together with a cool head.
“I stated in pre-season that United wanted a centre again, however perhaps all alongside Axel has been there, and he’s a robust candidate to be first alternative.”
The victory towards PSG – who had made it to the ultimate of the Champions League final season – was a shock to many, particularly after the 6-1 reverse to Tottenham Hotspur previous to the worldwide break.
Regardless of having overwhelmed Newcastle United and now PSG of their final two outings, Berbatov is looking for United to maintain their ft on the bottom, in addition to admitting that new signing Edinson Cavani is a “large addition” to the squad following his current arrival.
He added: “On the identical time, United should not get head of themselves. Do not take into consideration large targets, simply take each recreation because it comes.
“If Ole retains them regular, rotates the group accurately, they usually focus, they will win extra video games.
“Edinson Cavani will probably be a giant addition when he’s prepared additionally. Everybody has been spot on within the final couple of video games and this should proceed.”