Axel Tuanzebe talks about the influence of new captain Harry Maguire

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Young Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe has hailed the influence of Harry Maguire since he was named club captain on a permanent basis just six months after his move to Old Trafford.

The younger defender has said that Maguire is deserving of the honour of being the team leader.

“Massive respect to him for getting the captaincy,” he told MUTV.

“For me, I don’t think it is ever about how long you have been somewhere. It is the impact you give and the time you spend with the lads.

“He’s had a massive impact on the club, he has been a real example and has managed to lead all of the time.

“We are improving. We are a young side and given time, I think we will be very strong and contending for real titles. But I just want to send massive congratulations to Harry, because I think he deserves it with the impact that he’s given to the club.”

The 26-year-old is yet to miss a single minute of the Premier League action this season. He captained United ten times before he was given the armband on a permanent basis after Ashley Young’s move to Inter Milan in January.