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Five Manchester United Academy players who could play for the first-team this season

Liam Canning
16.29K   //    08 Oct 2017, 07:23 IST

#4 Axel Tuanzebe – 19, Centre-Back

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Tuanzebe is a solid young centre-back

The very highly-rated centre-back featured five times last season for Manchester United, but he will be hoping that he can extend that run of matches.

Already this season Tuanzebe has been named in the squad for a Champions League game - against CSKA Moscow. He might not have played any minutes, but the experience of going to Russia will have been invaluable.

At only 19 years old, Tuanzebe has already turned heads at United, and has been compared to none other than Rio Ferdinand. The England U-20 defender is so composed on the ball and very physical and domineering in the air.

Paul McGuinness, formerly Man United's U-18 coach, said of Tuanzebe: "It was the first time I'd picked a first-year scholar as captain. I don't think that has happened since Gary Neville was youth-team skipper. Axel did a very good job - on and off the field."

It is clear to see Tuanzebe is a leader on the pitch - providing he can carry on and show his great work ethic, it will not be long before he makes a name for himself in the first-team.

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