Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe deleted his Twitter account and removed a post on
Instagram after the defender was bombarded with racist abuse following his side’s defeat to
Sheffield United on Wednesday night.
The defender joined United’s academy at the age of eight and made his first-team debut for the club under
Jose Mourinho in 2017. Axel Tuanzebe was unexpectedly drafted into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting
XI after Eric Bailly suffered an injury on the eve of the game. Tuanzebe failed to impress during
the shock defeat to the Blades and Oliver Burke’s winner ten minutes from time deflected in off
the defender’s thigh.
However, the defender was just one of a string of below-par performers in a United side that lacked
the recent slick play that had catapulted them to the top of the Premier League.
While the team as a whole came in for criticism afterwards, online users targeted their abuse at Tuanzebe
and the defender’s post-match Instagram post was full of replies of the monkey emoji and other racially-
Though some fans came to Tuanzebe’s defence, the centre-back swiftly deleted the post and he disabled
his Twitter account.