Manchester United ace 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 centre-back 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-motivated responses.
Tuanzebe was born in the Democratic Repubic of Congo but he relocated to the UK at the age of four.
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.
Tuanzebe has gone on to captain his boyhood club, who he’s made 30 appearances for in the first team.
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