Ian Wright urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to pick Axel Tuanzebe after Arsenal defeat


Axel Tuanzebe has yet to start since impressing against PSG (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to reinstate Axel Tuanzebe into Manchester United’s starting XI after the side’s dismal defeat to the Gunners.

A second half penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners their first victory away at a top-six rival since 2015 and consigned United to their third defeat of the season.

United started with a centre-back pairing of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire at Old Trafford but Arsenal failed to capitalise on a host of decent opportunities before Hector Bellerin was fouled by Paul Pogba.

Tuanzebe has started just once this term but the 22-year-old was named Man of the Match as United beat Paris Saint-Germain in Paris earlier this month.

The defender has been limited to just one substitute appearance since but Wright thinks Solskjaer could afford to play more expansively.

Wright is baffled by Tuanzebe’s absence (Picture: DAZN)

‘n respect of the centre halves and having to protect them I saw Axel Tuanzebe play against PSG against the best centre forwards in the world alongside Erling Haaland in Kylian Mbappe and Neymar and he played unbelievably,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.

‘The way he played I think he deserves a spot in the team. Maguire’s performances have kicked in but you have to look at Lindelof and say: if you have someone like Tuanzebe that can play like that and the way he dealt with the pace of those guys it means you don’t have to have two guys protecting the back two.

‘You can maybe put Tuanzebe in and then Donny van de beek or more offensive players in there. It’s very negative.

‘Coming back from the Tottenham defeat I understand but then you beat Leipzig, you should be blasting into this game with confidence. For me it comes back to the manager. I think the manager now and the way Manchester United play and still play like that today I don’t think the manager can motivate that team to play consistently.’


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