United delay decision on Tuanzebe future

12/01/2018 17:30, Report by Adam Higgins & Adam Marshall

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he is considering allowing defender Axel Tuanzebe to leave on loan but a final decision on the youngster’s future is being delayed.

The versatile 20-year-old has made three appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side this term, after making a successful first-team breakthrough in the second half of last season, and travelled with the squad to Dubai for this week’s warm weather training camp.

There is believed to be interest in his services but any move would obviously be a temporary one with Tuanzebe rated so highly by Mourinho and the coaching team.

“Tuanzebe is a very good player that is not having lots of possibilities to play here,” said the boss. “But he’s our player and he will be our player – no chance we give up on such a talented boy. 

“But it is something we are thinking about, a loan until the end of the season. Yes or no. We are a bit afraid of injuries, of needs and needing him. We have Eric Bailly injured, we are not free of other injuries. So we are delaying the decision and we are going to delay it until the end of the transfer window. 

“If we have to make a decision, we are going to make it at the end of the month. Probably at the end of the month, if we have no fresh injuries, if Eric Bailly is very close to being back or is already back, then probably it will be good for Axel to go on a loan and to be back for next season, because he is a player that we like very much.”

The youth-team product impressed when playing 90 minutes in defence in October’s Carabao Cup success at Swansea before appearing as a substitute in the UEFA Champions League win over CSKA Moscow and, most recently, the Premier League victory at Everton on New Year’s Day.

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