Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finally revealed that he chose Axel Tuanzebe on the bench against Chelsea ahead of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling due to his impressive performances in pre-season.
The 21-year-old spent the whole of last season on loan at Aston Villa, helping them to the Premier League and signed a new three-year contract before United's pre-season tour. Tuanzebe started in the wins over Perth Glory in Australia and Inter Milan in Singapore and came on against Tottenham in Singapore and AC Milan in Cardiff.
Solskjaer revealed that Tuanzebe's performances in pre-season earned him a place on the bench against Chelsea, "Pre-season was a great chance for Axel to show what he's capable of next to our players. I've seen him at Villa, I've seen him in midfield here, and at right-back. But I wanted to see him next to Victor, next to Phil.
"We know he's going to be a big, big part of this club in the future. He probably impressed me more than I expected. That's why he's on the bench. He can slot in midfield and right back as well, so he's able to play different positions."