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Axel Tuanzebe emerged as Manchester United’s unexpected star against Paris Saint-Germain – after a lengthy chat with Edinson Cavani.
Tuanzebe helped keep Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe quiet at the Parc Des Princes as Marcus Rashford’s late goal gave the Red Devils a 2-1 win.
The performance of the young centre-back caught many by surprise and saw him earn plenty of plaudits.
His display comes after he was spotted in a lengthy discussion with Cavani as United warmed up in their final training session at Carrington before heading to the French capital.
Whilst the details of their discussion are not clear, Cavani and Tuanzebe were engaged in a deep conversation for over a minute as they jogged around the pitch for the warm-up.
Edinson Cavani had a long chat with Axel Tuanzebe in training before Man Utd faced PSG
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Cavani appeared to be gesturing potential scenarios and giving Tuanzebe advice as he listened intently with some speculating he may have been giving him some tips on how to stop his former PSG team-mates.
Tuanzebe’s performance drew high praise from Rio Ferdinand, who felt he had made himself undroppable for United’s next game.
Ferdinand told BT Sport: "This is where United have struggled in the last six to 12 months, chasing players down those channels.
“They can't stay with them and it opens up the back four, back three. But here, he was smelling danger.
Tuanzebe went on to put in a stunning performance in victory over PSG
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"Ole has just said that's two of the best strikers in the world. He snuffed out danger on many occasion and you have to reward performances like that at a time of injuries.
"Again, first game in 10 months and to come in and play like that from out the cold you just deserve to be rewarded."
Tuanzebe, meanwhile, believes the victory showed United are still a big club amongst Europe’s elite.
The 22-year-old said: "We're a big club, and we're out here to compete. We're not here for the music or just for the parade.
"We worked hard last season to be in this competition, so we want to be the best we can and we wanted to start off just as we did here and continue this momentum going forward."
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