Axel Tuanzebe tipped for Man United XI after Aston Villa loan

Axel Tuanzebe

Man United & Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt

Hopes that Man United may sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax have been fading in recent days.

Amid stories that PSG and Barcelona are stepping up efforts to sign the 19-year-old Ajax captain, there’s been little to suggest that Man United will win the de Ligt race.

On Thursday, the Independent’s Miguel Delaney reported the following on Man United and de Ligt:

(Man United) are interested in the 19-year-old and willing to agree a persuasive cash offer, but are said to have greatly fallen behind Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, and otherwise do not really have any targets in the position.

Axel Tuanzebe set for promotion after Aston Villa loan?

In a startling statement from the Independent’s reporter, Miguel Delaney also says that if Man United can’t sign de Ligt, they are unlikely to sign any centre-half:

Manchester United are once again prepared to go into a new season without a centre-back signing, if they cannot bring in Ajax’s Mattijs de Ligt.

There’s no mention of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the Independent’s article.

So who will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer play at centre-half next season?

Man United fans are prepped for a pairing of Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe in 2019-20:

Solskjaer is prepared to give Eric Bailly another opportunity to impose himself, while more chances are likely to be given to Axel Tuanzebe, who spent the 2018-19 season at Aston Villa, in an impressive loan spell.

For the record, 21-year-old Tuanzebe is under contract at Man United until 2020.

Last season, Tuanzebe made 25 appearances on loan at Aston Villa.

The implication is that Phil Jones and Chris Smalling will start the 2019-20 season on Man United’s bench.

Also see: Manchester United 2019-20: Premier League fixture list & live streaming details.

Aston Villa 2019-20: Premier League fixture list & live streaming details.