Manchester United started their Champions League season with a 2-1 win over Paris-Saint Germain. David de Gea described one of his teammates as “incredible”.
Marcus Rashford scored a late winner at Parc des Princes after Bruno Fernandes – the night’s captain – saw his opener canceled by an Anthony Martial own goal.
But it was Axel Tuanzebe who received praise from goalkeeper De Gea after the 22-year-old performed brilliantly in his first game for United in 10 months.
Tuanzebe last played in a Caraboa Cup game against Colchester for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team in December last year.
With regular center-backs Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly both injured, Solskjaer trusted Tuanzebe against a world-class attack with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Angel di Maria.
Tuanzebe returned from injury and played alongside Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw in a three-pack.
And he used his pace and athleticism to keep up with the fast Mbappe and kept the World Cup winner in check, especially with an excellent duel.
“He was amazing today,” De Gea told MUTV of Tuanzebe.
“He played two of the best players in the world in Neymar and Mbappe, so he did really, really well. I’m very happy for him.
“He’s been through difficult moments with the injuries, but now today he has shown that he is capable of playing in big games.”
Legendary United center-back Rio Ferdinand watched from BT Sport studios and said Tuanzebe must keep his place after helping United Group H win.
“United has had problems here for the past six to twelve months and has been following the players on these channels,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“You can’t stay with them and it opens the back four, back three. But here he smelled danger.
“Ole just said that these are two of the best strikers in the world. He has blotted out danger on many occasions and in times of injury you have to reward such performance.
“Again, the first game in 10 months and to play out of the cold like that, you just deserve to be rewarded.”
Tuanzebe will be hoping for another starting role when Solskjaer’s side host Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.
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