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United set to come out fighting: Tuanzebe

 

Firing back: Axel Tuanzebe
Firing back: Axel Tuanzebe

By Simon Peach

Axel Tuanzebe says Manchester United need to "go back to the drawing board" after Sunday's chastening loss against Newcastle United.

The opening-day victory against Chelsea proved a false dawn for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side have won just once since then in the Premier League and fell to a 1-0 defeat to Steve Bruce's embattled side at St James' Park ahead of the international break.

Manchester United are enduring their worst start to a league campaign in 30 years, leaving goalkeeper David de Gea at a loss to explain the "unacceptable" situation.

The Spain goalkeeper called it the most difficult period of his Old Trafford career and team-mate Tuanzebe underlined the need for introspection and a response, with a match against rivals and eight-point league leaders Liverpool looming large.

"You can see we shut them (Newcastle) out for a long period of time," the defender said. "The only way they were able to score was a counter when we weren't really there.

"The goal, it is what it is - a 20-yard shot. It wasn't like they played through us or anything like that.

"We go back to the drawing board. The international break (is) now time for us to regroup. We believe in what we're doing, in time it will come.

"Now it's just that tough phase. The next game we look forward to is Liverpool. We definitely want to get a result.

"It's always a big game. Through my academy stages, Liverpool is a must-win. It's a brutal game. It wasn't a tippy-tappy game, no matter what age group.

"Coming here to the first team, I expect more of the same."

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