Tuanzebe: Maguire's had a massive impact on the club
Axel Tuanzebe has heaped praise on Manchester United team-mate Harry Maguire and explained why his fellow centre-back fully deserved his recent appointment as our club captain.
It is a tremendous achievement for Harry that highlights just how highly he is respected by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the coaching staff and, perhaps most importantly, the players.
Tuanzebe, of course, is a natural-born leader himself and knows all about captaining a United team, after skippering a variety of age groups throughout his education in the Academy, most recently leading out the seniors for this season’s Carabao Cup tie against Rochdale at Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old, who speaks with the maturity and wisdom of a much older player, has watched Maguire closely this campaign and is totally convinced that he is the right man for the job.
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“Massive respect to him for getting the captaincy,” said Axel. “For me, I don't think it is ever about how long you have been somewhere. It is the impact you give and the time you spend with the lads.
“He's had a massive impact on the club, he has been a real example and has managed to lead all of the time. We are improving. We are a young side and given time, I think we will be very strong and contending for real titles. But I just want to send massive congratulations to Harry, because I think he deserves it with the impact that he's given to the club.”
The physically-imposing defender is edging closer to a return, however, and plans to play a role in this season’s run-in, as he explained when asked about his individual goals for the months ahead.
“A lot of things really, but I just to help the team grow really,” he said. “I think we are a very young side, so I just want to be a leader constantly, whether it is vocally or by example, and just to help us to develop and grow as a team. That is it really and obviously to improve myself in the process.”
As for the team’s objectives, Tuanzebe states everybody is determined to finish the Premier League season on a high while going all out to win the Europa League and Emirates FA Cup.
“Yeah, I think that is definitely the motive,” Axel explained. “For a young side to go out and win a cup can be a little spark that ignites something special. We work hard, we demonstrate a lot of potential, a lot of good play, we want to improve and that is what I have been saying from the start.
“It is only upwards for this group. If you want something to grow, it takes time. I think we have only been getting better throughout the season and I am very excited to see what is to come.”
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