Axel Tuanzebe

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Axel Tuanzebe is a defender currently playing for Manchester United.

Axel Tuanzebe
Full Name Axel Tuanzebe
Date of Birth 14 November 1997
Age 22 years
Place of Birth Bunia, DR Congo
Position Centre back
Nationality English
Current club Manchester United
Previous club/s

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Youth career

Axel signed for Manchester United back when he was still at primary school. Most comfortable as a centre back, he is capable of playing in a central midfield role if needed. As a schoolboy he made 9 appearances in 2013/14 and even captained the Manchester United U-18 side on more than one occasion.

Axel was given the full time captaincy of the Under-18 side for the 2014/15 season and formed a good centre back partnership with RoShaun Williams. His consistent form and strong leadership saw him included with the U-21 side and he was been touted for the First Team in the future.

In 2015/16 after recovering from an injury, Axel played almost exclusively with the U-21 side. He was named as an unused substitute for the first team away to Crystal Palace in October 2015 and then again two months later away to Bournemouth in December. After nearly four months out with an injury, Axel returned to the Under-21 side as a sub in April 2016.

In January 2017, Axel made his debut for the First Team as a substitute in the FA Cup win over Wigan. His full debut came away to Arsenal in the Premier League in May 2017 and he retained a place in the team for the remaining league fixtures.

Axel joined Aston Villa on loan in January 2018 for the remainder of the 2017/18 season and then rejoined them for the 2018/19 season.

International

Although eligible for the DR Congo, Axel has to date opted to play for England, representing their Under-19 and Under-20 sides.

Career statistics

Club Season Under-18 Under-19 Under-21 First Team Total
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
Manchester United 2013-14 6 3 0 0 6 3 0 0
2014-15 28 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 28 4 0 0
2015-16 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 10 1 0 0 16 1 1 0
2016-17 25 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 29 1 1 0
2017-18 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 1
Career total 36 4 0 0 4 0 1 0 38 4 1 1 5 1 0 0 83 9 2 1

Career honours

Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year: 2014/15

Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year: 2016/17

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