The 22-year-old, making his first appearance in 10 months, produced an outstanding display at the heart of United’s defence during Tuesday’s morale-boosting Champions League win over PSG.
Tuanzebe, who was promoted to the first XI in the absences of both Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly, coped manfully with the twin threat posed by Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as his side got their European campaign off to the perfect start.
With Maguire having recovered from a knock, however, Tuanzebe was dropped to the bench by his manager who selected the same XI which ultimately recorded a convincing 4-1 win at Newcastle last weekend.
‘He’s in charge but I’m a little bit surprised,’ Evra told Sky Sports. ‘I know the back four is the United DNA but the way we concede goals we look more solid with five at the back or three.
‘I know people say five at the back but for me it is more like a 3-4-3. Right now I don’t think we have any centre back who is ideal.
‘Every game in one vs one apart from Axel Tuanzebe. I think he had a great performance against PSG so that’s why.
‘He’s talking about rewarding players, but what about the best player? We’ll see. He’s in charge, we are behind him and we trust him.’