Jose Mourinho names the midfielder who can replace Man United rejects

The Manchester United midfielder is confident Axel Tuanzebe can fill the void left by Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin

Jose Mourinho is confident that midfielder Axel Tuanzebe can fill the void left by Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin in the Manchester United squad.

The France midfielder completed a big-money move to Everton in the January transfer window after falling out-of-favour under Mourinho at Old Trafford this season.

Schneiderlin racked up a mere 11 minutes of Premier League football this season before opting to reunite with his former Southampton manager Ronald Koeman at Everton.

Memphis ended his Old Trafford nightmare after a £20m switch to Ligue 1 side Lyon after a disappointing 18 months at Manchester United despite arriving with a big reputation.

Mourinho has lost two bodies from his Red Devils squad but the manager is confident one of the club’s academy products can step up to fill the void left by Memphis and Schneiderlin.

Speaking to Manchester United’s website ahead of the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Thursday night, Mourinho said:

“We lost Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, two players who didn’t play many minutes or many matches for us. They were two players from the squad, so we need numbers and probably Axel is one of the boys that’s in the Academy who is more close to playing with us.

“So we have brought him up to give him more experience, to make the first team more natural for him in case we need him to play in the upcoming matches and month, so he can be more adapted to us.”

Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table.

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