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Manchester United fans marvel at Axel Tuanzebe’s physique as he prepares to impress Erik ten Hag

‘Let’s hope his football is as good as his body’: Manchester United fans marvel at Axel Tuanzebe’s ripped physique as the centre-back prepares to impress new boss Erik ten Hag as he prepares for the season

  • The Manchester United defender returns to the club physically shattered
  • The defender hopes to impress Erik ten Hag on his return from rental
  • Tuanzebe spent the early part of last season at Aston Villa before moving to Napoli

Manchester United fans marvel at the ripped physique of central defender Axel Tuanzebe as he prepares to return to the club this summer.

The England youth international will return to the club this summer after two failed loan spells at Premier League rivals Aston Villa and Serie A team Napoli.

He is one of a number of players likely to fight for their place at the club this summer, with Erik ten Hag looking to overhaul his United roster, with Eric Bailly and Anthony Martial already seen as redundant.

Axel Tuanzebe graduated from Manchester United academy but only played 37 times

Axel Tuanzebe graduated from Manchester United academy but only played 37 times

Tuanzebe is another United Academy graduate, but has failed to break through under any of the club’s managers in recent years.

Tuanzebe shared his physical transformation

Tuanzebe shared his physical transformation

Having made just 37 senior appearances for the Red Devils since 2017, the centre-back has been loaned out to Aston Villa several times and has played 46 times for the club in three spells.

Tuanzebe made just nine Premier League appearances for the Villains in his most recent stint, which ended in January, with the player struggling to claim a starting spot under Steven Gerrard before coming to Napoli.

And with the chance to impress United’s new man at the helm, Tuanzebe has clearly spent time in the gym in an effort to demonstrate his dedication and willingness to impress as he embarks on a new era at Old Trafford.

The photo first came to light after the 24-year-old posted it to his Instagram account, and fans were quick to comment on Twitter.

One fan expressed hope that the player’s improved physical fitness could translate into better technical prowess, with United needing more defensive stability next season.

User @LilDuckz7 hopes Tuanzebe's improved physique will result in better soccer skills

User @LilDuckz7 hopes Tuanzebe’s improved physique will result in better soccer skills

Another user, @fynestkingzo, suggested that Tuanzebe should train for a career switch to UFC

Another user, @fynestkingzo, suggested that Tuanzebe should train for a career switch to UFC

The Manchester Evening News has also compared the defender’s transformation to that of Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka, who infamously flexed his muscles in 2021.

In 2019, Tuanzebe became the youngest player since Norman Whiteside to captain the side in a Carabao Cup game against Rochdale, before making his Champions League debut in 2020.

The defender put on a remarkable display by keeping PSG and France star Kylian Mbappe quiet, and it’s this sort of performance that United fans and officials alike hope the Tuanzebe can bring this summer.



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