Axel Tuanzebe has seemingly deleted his Twitter account after Manchester United’s loss to Sheffield United last night.

It appears some on social media have abused the defender after his performance in the 2-1 defeat.

Tuanzebe failed to impress on the night but personal abuse is absolutely unacceptable in any circumstance.

It’s a damning indictment on the culture of modern football that a player has received such a deluge of bile that it has forced him off social media.

It appears Tuanzebe has been subjected to racial abuse also, and his captain Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay have seemingly taken to Instagram to defend him, while Rio Ferdinand also spoke out.

Maguire did not reference Tuanzebe directly but issued strong message saying that racism would not be tolerated at United.


Tuanzebe is a young player, learning the game at United.

He’ll know, just like the fans do, that he didn’t have his best game or grasp his opportunity in the first team as well as he wanted to.

But the abuse that has come his way after the game is sickening and unacceptable.

Some fans have – rightly – come out in defence of Tuanzebe after he deleted his Twitter account.

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