Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe has deleted his Twitter account after being subject to vile racist abuse in the aftermath of his side’s 2-1 loss to Sheffield United at Old Trafford last night.
The centre-back was a surprise inclusion in the starting XI after Eric Bailly was ruled out through injury.
But Tuanzebe struggled to handle the vistors’ attack and Oliver Burke’s winning strike crashed into the net off the defender’s thigh.
The 23-year-old received horrific abuse on social media which has led to United releasing a statement.
“Everyone at Manchester United is disgusted by the racial abuse received by players via social media after last night’s game,” the statement read.
“We utterly condemn it and it is encouraging to see other fans condemn this on social media also.
“Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our All Red All Equal initiative.
“Identifying these anonymous mindless idiots remains problematic. We urge social media platforms and regulatory authorities to strengthen measures to prevent this kind of behaviour.”
Tuanzebe has called out those who abused him by publishing their comments on Twitter. He has since deleted his account.
United skipper Harry Maguire tweeted his support to his team-mate writing: “UNITED against racism. We will not tolerate it.”
He said: “Well we had all of the possession. When you concede two bad goals it’s always going to be difficult.
“We didn’t create. We put pressure on them but didn’t penetrate enough behind them and didn’t create enough chances.
“That magic was missing. That little bit extra. There wasn’t a lot of space to run into. They defended well and fair play to them.
“Take nothing away from their performance. We didn’t have the right ideas or solutions. They weren’t there.”