One of Manchester United’s remits over the summer was to get to the point where every single time they select a team, all eleven players give 100 per cent for the club and share the passion of the fans.
It was about getting back to basics. United fans had seen plenty of players with big reputations – often at the wrong stage of their careers – come and go since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.
Many of them gave the impression they weren’t totally invested in the side’s fortunes and that was so frustrating for the supporters.
Even a drop off in quality – while it was perhaps not expected to be this stark – would be tolerated to get back to the starting point where every player gives his all for the club.
Tuanzebe’s comments show passion
21-year-old Axel Tuanzebe gave an interview to United’s official website in which he laid bare that passion.
He said: “It’s always been a big rivalry. Growing up, it’s been a big rivalry, playing them in age groups has been a big rivalry.
“You can always remember the losses. It’s harder to remember the victories, because they don’t stick. Your losses stick with you for a while. [Winning] would mean a lot to us, it would mean a lot to the fans.”
Tuanzebe could be the season’s breakout star
Without being corny, or lowering the expectations of the club too far, the starting point for the campaign was players willing to give their all for the shirt, fit and hungry enough to carry out a high-tempo gameplan.
Tuanzebe’s comments embody the passion that Solskjaer wanted to return to the side.
There’s obviously quality to be added but given United’s current injuries, Tuanzebe could establish himself as the breakout star of the Red Devils’ season if he carries on playing like he has.
If he can translate his passion onto the pitch this Sunday, and his ten team-mates share it, United can collect a result.
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