Axel Tuanzebe pushing for Man United debut after Jose Mourinho praise

Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe says he is dedicated to proving that he is worthy of a first-team start after receiving praise from manager Jose Mourinho this week.

Tuanzebe, 19, has been training with the first-team in recent weeks and was in the squad that travelled to Hull for the EFL Cup semifinal second leg last week.

Mourinho insisted that the centre-back was not far from gaining his first-team debut and Tuanzebe is keen to ensure he keeps impressing his boss.

"There's no better feeling [than getting praise from Mourinho]," 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."

Tuanzebe could start against Wigan in the FA Cup on Sunday and says he is following Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford as role models.

"It's a massive booster to see the likes of Marcus and Jesse coming right from the bottom and working all the way up through the system," he added. "It's always a great thing to see. It gives everyone a boost -- if they can do it, why can't I?

"Massive credit to the club for actually having the belief the youngsters can play for the first team. I don't think that happens at every other club and it's a real positive for all the players working here.

"It's down to the manager. All I can do is try my best in training every day and show why I can be a first-team player."