Strengthening the backline could be one of the first things to do for Manchester United this summer. The club might very well be looking to make some additions in defence before trying to put up a Premier League title challenge next season.
Last season was a promising one for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as they finished second in the Premier League and as runners up in the Europa League. Now, it is time to go one step further and get back to winning trophies.
The signing of new defenders, however, could mean that a number of them already at the club could find themselves falling behind in the pecking order.
Solskjaer has shown immense faith in the partnership of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof at the heart of the defence over the past season. And as a result, the other centre-backs at the club have not gotten too many chances. One such player is Axel Tuanzebe and it looks like he could be leaving Old Trafford soon, on a season-long loan.
Tuanzebe looks set to leave Manchester United on a season-long loan
Jonathan Shrager tweeted out that Tuanzebe looks set to go out on a season-long loan:
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Last season, the 23-year-old made 19 appearances, including 9 in the Premier League according to stats from Transfermarkt. And he featured for only 918 minutes on the pitch across all competitions.
On the other hand, the club have been linked with the likes of Atalanta’s Cristian Romero, Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Lille’s Sven Botman, Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic, Villarreal’s Pau Torres and many others in the recent past.
If they sign any of these players, Tuanzebe is expected to find time on the pitch even more limited. As a result, a season-long loan might make a lot of sense for him.
The talent his never been in question with him, as was evident from his performance against Paris Saint-Germain last season. And he is a leader as well, having already captained Manchester United. Thus, a spell away on loan could do him a world of good and possibly even make his path to the first-team easier upon returning.