Axel Tuanzebe has suffered vile racial abuse (Image: GETTY)

Axel Tuanzebe, the Manchester United defender, was treated to the disgusting act of racial abuse on his Instagram account.

This was after the shock 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United. A barrage of sloppy defensive errors led to a late goal from Oliver Burke, which deflected from Axel Tuanzebe handing the blades a deserved victory at Old Trafford.

Sheffield United scored first from a corner with Kean Bryan with his first premier league goal guiding the ball to the far corner past De Gea.

Manchester United, who had much of the possession could not create chances, had to wait for a corner from Alex Telles in the 64th minute that was met by the Manchester United captain Harry Maguire who netted the equaliser.

Axel Tuanzebe
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The game was decided after De Gea failed to clear the ball and a deflected shot from Oliver Burke went in.

The shock defeat angered many Manchester United fans as their hope of overtaking rivals Manchester City to top the table were dashed with the poor display.

Many took to social media and racial slurs on Axel’s Instagram were hurled. This led to an uproar over the comments as the Premier league had been on a campaign against racism with players taking a knee before each game to show the fight against the vice.

Manchester United has released a statement on this. It states;

‘Everyone at Manchester is disgusted by the racial abuse received by players via social media after last night’s game. We utterly condemn it and it is encouraging to see other fans condemn this on Social media as well.

Manchester United has a zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a longstanding commitment against it through 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.’

Axel was forced to delete his accounts over the insults. Fellow teammates have rallied to support Axel condemning the act. Anthony Martial was not spared, as the racial slurs also targeted him on social media.

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