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Dimitar Berbatov has revealed Axel Tuanzebe’s impressive display against PSG has made him a strong candidate to be the first-choice centre-back at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have celebrated a 2 – 1 win over the Champions League rivals on Tuesday night, with Marcus Rashford scoring the late winner for his side.
However, Tuanzebe, who has returned to action after a 10-month absence due to injury, also played a key role, keeping PSG stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar quiet on their own turf.
“I thought Alex Tuanzebe was excellent in defence, for his age he showed so much maturity and strength,” Berbatov said.
“He didn’t look intimidated or afraid of the huge names he had to defend, and a game like this will give him confidence. He has made the case for himself that he should play more.
“It’s only one game but he appears to have all the qualities of a great defender – speed and strength, along with a cool head.
“I said in pre-season that United needed a centre back, but maybe all along Alex has been there, and he is a strong candidate to be first choice.”
On the club’s win over the French side, the ex-United man added: “It was a tactical battle in Paris and Ole came out on top.
“The media criticised Ole when results were bad, so they should give him credit when things are going well.
The players, of course, play a huge role, but Ole has set them up and got them ready. He prepared them mentally and physically, and helped them to break down PSG man by man. They did the job perfectly and got the result they deserved.
“At the same time, United shouldn’t get head of themselves. Don’t think about big targets, just take every game as it comes. If Ole keeps them steady, rotates the team correctly, and they concentrate, they can win more games.
“Edinson Cavani will be a big addition when he is ready also. Everyone has been spot on in the last couple of games and this must continue.”
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