Rio Ferdinand insisted Axel Tuanzebe should retain his place within the Manchester United group after a stand-out efficiency in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain.
Tuanzebe was handed his first begin in 10 months on the Parc des Princes as United emerged with an necessary 2-1 victory.
Marcus Rashford’s late winner secured all three factors nevertheless it was Tuanzebe who was the star of the present with a improbable show.
Working on the proper facet of a again three, Tuanzebe discovered himself immediately up in opposition to Kylian Mbappe and acquitted himself extraordinarily properly regardless of having not kicked a ball for the primary group since final December previous to the win within the French capital.
Athleticism is a trait United have lacked in defence this time period and Ferdinand believes the 22-year-old’s tempo on the again may very well be essential to fixing United’s defensive points.
“That is the place Manchester United have struggled (in channels) within the final six to 12 months, chasing gamers down the channels,” Ferdinand advised BT Sport. “They cannot stick with them after which that opens up the again 4. They had been smelling hazard.
“Sure (has he performed his manner into the group). Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) has simply stated he is snuffed out two of one of the best strikers on the planet. It’s a must to reward performances.
“He is had a tough time with accidents, his first sport in 10 months however to come back in and play like that, you must be rewarded.”