Axel Tuanzebe was shocked and in dreamland as he led Manchester United out as captain.
Axel Tuanzebe captained Manchester United for the first time last night in the Carabao Cup victory over Rochdale.
In an interview with the clubs official website, manutd.com he told of the experience.
21-year-old Tuanzebe did not know he was going to be Manchester United’s captain until minutes before the game.
Assistant manager Mike Phelan broke the news the Reds’ Carabao Cup third round tie against Rochdale.
“It was a nice surprise. I was literally getting ready to stretch and loosen up and Mike Phelan just came to me and said ‘are you ready to go and see the referee’.”
“I said ‘what do you mean?’ and he said, ‘Come on you are captain’. So I said ‘alright, let’s get it’.”
Tuanzebe has been on loan for portions of his United career, most recently with Aston Villa. But has always wanted to eventually be a first-team player at United.
Last night saw moments that he dreamed would happen in his career come true.
“Dreams do come true. I had goosebumps as I was walking out. It is something I have been working on for a long time and the moment finally came.”
“I am just grateful to the manager and grateful to the club and the players I am playing with for sharing this moment with me.”
While the result was good, but it was hard-fought, and he had nothing but respect for the fight Rochdale out up.
But Tuanzebe still relished the moment.
“They defended well first and foremost.”
“Big respect to them, they came out here and battled all the way. They had confidence.”
“It is a hard place to come to, Old Trafford, and play. But they did and all respect to them and good luck to them for the season.”
“We had a lot of chances that we weren’t able to execute, but we always find a way to win and we are through to the next round, and that is important.”
United face Chelsea in the next round, and the U21 England international cannot wait, to maybe lead the side out again.
“These are the kind of games you want to be playing.”
“People dismiss the Carabao Cup and say it is a nothing kind of trophy.”
“But you respect the teams who are in it and you respect the competition. Chelsea will be a big game and we want to win it and march on.”
“Dreams do come true. I had goosebumps as I was walking out."
Axel was full of pride after leading #MUFC out at Old Trafford last night 👇
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 26, 2019