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Paul_Scholes18

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People have talked him up too much I think when not playing. He look like he did last year yesterday. Like a liability.
He played well vs PSG though so maybe in a back 5 he can do better.
Not playing much could be a reason too, but it is the same thing that can be said about all our bench defenders.

Lindelöf is way better than him though. No debate.
 

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I would say it was the contrast in styles of the PSG and Istanbul strikers. PSG had mobile players that want to run onto the ball in behind or run with the ball at defenders. So Tuanzebe's pace covering the run behind and ability to time his tackle with composure were excellent in that match.

Against Demba Ba there were a lot more balls into the air into the front man who used his strength to help hold onto it. There was obviously a decently quick break away from the corner and they counter attacked well, but it was more with purpose than with speed. Perhaps he still has to prove himself against a proper striker who can hold onto the ball and will compete with him physically
 

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People have talked him up too much I think when not playing. He look like he did last year yesterday. Like a liability.
He played well vs PSG though so maybe in a back 5 he can do better.
Not playing much could be a reason too, but it is the same thing that can be said about all our bench defenders.

Lindelöf is way better than him though. No debate.
Brilliant .

Another one of our players been called a liability.

Yet the game v PSG he was going to be our 1st choice centre back for the foreseeable .

Cafe Knee Jerk at its finest
 

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The guy has played like 2 games hasn’t he I’m a year? All of our team was bad so no reason picking on the one guy with an excuse.
 

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He needs a bit of break. He has not played for a long time. He needs to play a bit of time to get into the groove.
 

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I mean, all they had to do was a quick google. 5 aerial battles won, 17 lost.

https://www.premierleague.com/players/13559/Axel-Tuanzebe/stats

Even if they had never done personal scouting on Tuanzebe, they will have access to far better stats that the first thing that pops up on google.
Yes its not rocket science, like you wrote anybody with internet access can find out in one minute that:
-On one side there is Maguire who is one of the best in the world at clearing aerials.
-On the other side there are Tuanzebe and AWB who both have poor stats when it comes to aerials.

It’s no coincidence they played a lot of high balls on Tuanzebe’s side. They would probably have done the same if Lindelof or Bailly played as well.
 

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People have talked him up too much I think when not playing. He look like he did last year yesterday. Like a liability.
He played well vs PSG though so maybe in a back 5 he can do better.
Not playing much could be a reason too, but it is the same thing that can be said about all our bench defenders.

Lindelöf is way better than him though. No debate.
100%

and most of them have barely seen him play apart from a few snippets here and there off a highlight reel on youtube or something.

I've watched his under 23's games and Villa games the last few years and there is no indicator he's going to be 'world class' or the next Paul McGrath/Jaap Stam twitter internet hype has made people believe!
 

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Yes, he had a huge space to defend and it takes experience and skills to do that. Many believe being fast is enough to be the perfect covering CB in a high line, but that’s worth very little of you don’t have the other basics like positioning, awareness, team work, communication, decision making, etc.



Of course we should expect him to do better, no doubt. He had a poor game. But the task was too difficult for him imo. Lindelof is 3 years older and has much more experience, and we saw last season also he had difficulties covering behind himself, AWB and Maguire. I think we should ease Axel in. This was a good game for him to play, but not with that much responsibility.
However one question that I still have in my head is; was it tactics that Axel stayed so high up, or is it his style of playing, which means this is just how it turned out, nothing planned.
After watching it a bit more, I think he was given too much responsibility with the tactics and he panicked. I was amazed how calm he was against PSG and he looks visibly nervy in such an open game. I think we'll have to chalk it down to the manager, but he did earn the trust of the manager based of his PSG performance, but like you said - could have been a step too far.
 

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He came off because he already on yellow, with no help from midfielder, Ole didn't want to take a risk to keep him on the pitch with threat of 2nd yellow. A yellow he received from fouling Ba despite of Ba being offside already. He did nothing good but I don't think we can blame him for both goals we conceded.
 

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We are expecting Mengi to be the best chance of making it.
he has a chance but still has a long way to go imo
he has a higher ceiling than Tuanzebe but thats not saying much

he's physically too strong for the under 18s and under 23's....
needs to be tested at mens level imo. needs to keep training with the first team then possibly a short loan spell to aid his development...
 

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Stepped in for a tricky last part of the game. Iwobi was looking to do something at the end there but Axel kept him at bay.
He looked very solid, Iwobi got one cross in in the time he was on, which was dealt with by Maguire, but apart from that Axel forced him back down the line almost every time. Still think this lad will be a great asset for United in the years to come.
 

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I thought his positioning was incredibly bad. He was all over the place, and always want to go to the center and confused Maguire.

Understandable, because he's a CB, and maybe it was his first time playing LB.
 
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I thought his positioning was incredibly bad. He was all over the place, and always want to go to the center and confused Maguire.

Understandable, because he's a CB, and maybe it was his first time playing LB.
coming on as a left back is going to be a tough ask. The important thing is that he is getting minutes.

perhaps the euphoria of PSG has calmed down, and he’s not yet the second coming of Barasi. He needs games and minutes, and as long as he stays fit he will get them. Even playing left back will help his development, he’s played so few games at the top level.
 

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coming on as a left back is going to be a tough ask. The important thing is that he is getting minutes.

perhaps the euphoria of PSG has calmed down, and he’s not yet the second coming of Barasi. He needs games and minutes, and as long as he stays fit he will get them. Even playing left back will help his development, he’s played so few games at the top level.
I understand. FB is one of the safest place to groom young CB. Like you said, just to get minutes, fitness level, and adapt to the PL game. I don't have problem with this sub.

I was just mentioning that he didn't have a good game, imho. TFM was way more solid as LB, and i was surprised he didn't come in.
 

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I thought his positioning was incredibly bad. He was all over the place, and always want to go to the center and confused Maguire.

Understandable, because he's a CB, and maybe it was his first time playing LB.
I can only remember one game where he played LB and that was Arsenal last season.
 
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Really weird half from him. How many times did he lose his balance? Looked incredibly indecisive, still did well in the corner a few times. Might have to start against Southampton if Lindelof is struggling with something. Going to miss the next UCL match against PSG, our centrebacks for that one are going to be interesting, especially since 3 at the back was looking a real possibility.
 

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Enthusiastic but off key. Never looked entirely in control of himself or his actions. Needs to get back to what he showed against PSG.
 

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What was he doing. There was no communication between him and Maguire, or him and Fred.
He looks solid defender but he needs to improve his communication. Almost put us in huge trouble
 

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Why exactly did we bring him on as a replacement for Lindelof when we knew a booking would rule him out of the PSG game? Now if Lindelof is genuinely injured we're stuck with the roulette wheel that is Bailly to face Mbappe and Neymar.
 

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Aa soon as he got that yellow I was like....alright now we are losing to PSG for sure.