Axel Tuanzebe is targeting becoming a future Manchester United captain

Axel Tuanzebe says he is taking an active role in helping Manchester United’s young players.

As per the Telegraph, Tuanzebe has offered his help to the young players coming through the academy – just as he did.

He has also stated his aim to become a leader within Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s group and proved himself to be a future United captain.

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What did Tuanzebe say?

He said: “Yes, that (being made permanent captain) is a target of mine. I wouldn’t say necessarily to be captain but just to be a leader for the team. Just someone that other teammates can turn to.

“There are other problems in football as well that a lot of people do not see. I always say to the lads, ‘If you ever need to talk, just call me’, especially in the younger age groups with the lads I have grown up with.

“If you have a problem and you have no one to talk to then call me and I will come and meet you and I will try to help you’. If a player has been affected off the pitch it really does affect their performance on the pitch.”

“Hopefully there will be many more opportunities when I am captain.”

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Future United captain?

The Times reported back in December that United believed Tuanzebe was the only other player apart from Harry Maguire who has what it takes to captain the club.

Bruno Fernandes has since joined the club and has that personality too – but the point still stands.

Solskjaer made Tuanzebe captain against Rochdale earlier this season, which further adds to the feeling that he will skipper the club one day.

For the time being, it’s clear United need more leaders within the group and Tuanzebe is determined to be one – with or without the armband.

The first step for Tuanzebe is to get back on the pitch at overcome his injury problems to establish himself as a regular.

But the way he is talking and what he is doing further shows he very well could be United captain one day.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.