Jose Mourinho proposes a new name as a probable departure in January

The young Manchester United defender might have to leave the club during this transfer window.


Amidst of the Speculation of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexis Sanchez’s deal, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that he might let go only one player from his full first team squad, that is youngster Axel Tuanzebe.

The 20-year-old Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe received his first call-up two years ago by then manager Louis Van Gaal as a squad player.

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However, he took one more season to make his debut and that came under Jose Mourinho in a 68th-minute substitute appearance, replacing another academy star Timothy Fosu-Mensah during a 4–0 FA Cup success over Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford.

The defender has been practicing with the Red Devils’ first-team squad since then, but has only managed three appearances this season.

And the Portuguese boss now has suggested that he wants Tuanzebe to have more game time and wants to send him on loan in the January window.

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Mourinho said: “I have a squad of 22 players and I want to keep squad of 22 players. Maybe just because I want to make the kid a good player and I’m not giving him the chances I’m giving to Scott McTominay, for example.

“Axel Tuanzebe plays in a position where I have so many players, today on the bench I had Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof, and Eric Bailly is still in recovery, so I’m not giving the chances to Axel. So probably Axel is the only one that I open the door for him to go and play because I believe he is a really good talent and he needs to play.

“Apart from that, the numbers we have, we are playing Champions League, FA Cup, Premier League, I have to keep the number of players we have.”

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Should United allow Tuanzebe to go on loan, reportedly Championship side Aston Villa heads the race for the youngster and as per reports, they have already held talks about the loan deal.

Villa manager Bruce is battling to lead his team to the Premier League again and currently are in the fourth place. He has previously stated that to earn that he requires more character in his squad however with lack of funds he is only looking at loan deal, hinting at the Tuanzebe agreement.

Meanwhil, despite Mourinho’s comments regarding keeping squad to only 22 players United might let go their star attacker Mkhitaryan to Arsenal. According to rumours a deal between United and Arsenal regarding Sanchez are doing the rounds which are suggesting that a direct swap between the two players could occur in the coming weeks.

However, all these new reports are emerging in the air from time to time and now we have to wait to see only where it ends eventually.