Man United defender explains how Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are inspiring him

Axel Tuanzebe admit he is drawing inspiration from the success of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford in the Manchester United first team.

Lingard has played a big role in Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils side this season after establishing himself as a regular start under the Portuguese’s predecessor Louis van Gaal.

Indeed, the England midfielder has scored three goals and has made three assists in 20 appearances in all competitions this season to underline his growing importance to Manchester United.

Rashford rose to prominence under Van Gaal after the striker scored twice in his Premier League debut against Arsenal before the teenager finished with a return of eight goals in his first season.

The England striker has found his first-term opportunities more limited under Mourinho, starting eight Premier League games and making a further nine appearances from the bench.

Nevertheless, Rashford and Lingard are providing Manchester United youngster Tuanzebe with reason to be positive about his Old Trafford future.

“There’s no better feeling,” Tuanzebe told MUTV. “But I can’t let it go to my head and relax now. I’ve got to keep my head down and keep proving to him why he should have faith in me. I’ve got to keep pushing every day and showing why I should be in the team and why I’m here at the club.

“It’s definitely been good training with superstars and I can learn a lot from these players every day. I’m always willing to learn and try my best. It doesn’t depend on the level, I could be with the Under-23s or the first team, I always try my best to improve as a player.”

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The Red Devils are in sixth place in the Premier League table.

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