Will John Terry do Manchester United another favour?
Manchester United talent Axel Tuanzebe could be set for a positive change in fortunes. Bizarrely it could all be down to John Terry.
Terry is best remembered by Red Devils fans for his missed penalty in Moscow in 2008. This tipped the Champions League shootout back in United’s favour.
Now Axel Tuanzebe could benefit from Terry’s defensive coaching as the ex-Chelsea defender takes up a new role at Aston Villa.
You would have thought that former United great Steve Bruce would have been key to Tuanzebe’s development during his reign as Villa boss. For some reason it didn’t quite click.
Tuanzebe started in nine matches for Villa this season, but the team struggled and Bruce was fired earlier this month.
Now Tuanzebe has a fresh start, and with Terry coming in as a coach to work under new Villa boss Dean Smith, he will get close attention.
Tuanzebe is just 20-years-old and has been tipped for greatness ever since winning United’s prestigious Jimmy Murphy Award in 2015.
After making his debut under Louis van Gaal, chances have been limited under Jose Mourinho.
He still needs a special season to propel himself into the first team picture at United, and despite starting regularly for Villa, it’s hard to see much changing with the situation as it was.
Now Terry’s coaching arrival can give Tuanzebe a helping hand.
There’s still a chance we get back a Premier League calibre starter next season. Hello Axel, bye bye Phil Jones.