Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already outlined a clear plan for Axel Tuanzebe to join the first team at Manchester United.
The news arrives that the central defender has returned to train in the first team.
And they couldn’t have done it at a better time, with United facing an inquiry into their shoddy defense after a 6-1 loss to Tottenham.
Question marks had grown on Victor Lindelof who had seen him drop out for Eric Bailly on Sunday.
But the Ivorian has been irregular, while Harry Maguire could be accused of being at fault for three goals.
Fans had been begging for a central defender on the final day of the transfer window.
Instead, a left-back was signed, in the form of Alex Telles, as well as experienced striker Edinson Cavani.
But Tuanzebe’s timely return to training could provide Solskjaer with a solution to his puzzle.
Last year, the former England Under-21 international impressed during his pre-season.
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“He has a future at United, yes, of course he has,” the United manager said at the time. “Axel will be the future of this club.”
However, what had been called a revolutionary campaign at Old Trafford became a nightmare year.
After playing 10 times, an injury suffered during the Christmas period that saw his season coming to an end.
But after 10 months of absence, the Telegraph reports that the defender has returned to training in the first team.
And he could also make an appearance at United’s next kickoff in two weeks.
The Red Devils will face Newcastle after the international break at St. James’ Park.
It comes at a time when Solskjaer is facing unprecedented scrutiny, with reports indicating that United bosses are probing Mauricio Pochettino as a potential replacement should the results go further south.
As for the current defensive options available to Norweigan, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones remain at the club after failing to land moves into the transfer window.
The two are just two of several players the Red Devils failed to download, while another youthful prospect in Teden Mengi has been touted for stardom.