Agent of Axel Tuanzebe slams Manchester United after sealing loan move to Napoli
The 24-year-old is one of the older players who has gone on loan this season. The Englishman joined the senior team under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho and played a vital part under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In fact, his performance in the 2-1 victory against PSG away from home in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League season was outstanding, as he kept Kylian Mbappe quiet all night.
But despite this, the defender had to re-join Aston Villa on a loan deal this season– a club he has joined on loan twice previously. He was handed consistent minutes under Dean Smith but suffered for game-time under Steven Gerrard. Tuanzebe, thus, joined Napoli this month on a loan move.
However, his agent, Fabrizio Ferrari, has now blamed Man United for the poor treatment of his client.
“I believe that Manchester United has made particular decisions for the growth of their young players. I don’t think they have a policy to improve their training. They are confusing in the management of players under contract. Tuanzebe has returned to these managerial changes.”
Does Fabrizio Ferrari have a point?
On the face of it, the 24-year-old’s agent makes a compelling case. The English international always performed well for us and rarely had a poor outing. In comparison, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Phil Jones have had some notably subpar outings in the recent past.
Thus, there was more than enough reason to retain his services and provide him with first-team action this season. In fact, with the recurring injury issues of Raphael Varane coupled with our newfound success in playing back-three formation, one would wonder if letting Tuanzebe join the Serie A side instead of ensuring a premature Old Trafford return was the best decision for the club.
Man United did get him to sign a new deal in the summer but if he is a future prospect, he needs to be bedded into the process soon. Perhaps a new manager, who is likely to be appointed in the summer, could bring the 24-year-old into our first-team plans.
However, for now, the centre-back needs to impress at the Italian club. Alongside Teden Mengi, who recently sealed a loan move to Birmingham City, the pair could become the future centre-back pairing at Old Trafford. Thus, while Ferrari does make a good argument for the poor treatment of his client, the focus needs to be on the future rather than on the present.
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Moreover, with Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, and Marcus Rashford forming part of the first team in recent years, the policy of promoting youngsters is pretty sound. And if Tuanzebe keeps proving his mettle away from Old Trafford, there is no reason why we will not give him a shot at regular first-team football in our famous Red jersey.