'I'm an ex-Man Utd star who set a bonkers Guinness World Record before pocketing Mbappe'

Axel Tuanzebe set a bizarre world record during Man Utd’s pre-season tour in 2018 (Image: X: @Now_FootbaIl / Getty)

Axel Tuanzebe’s finest moment in a Manchester United shirt came in a stunning win over Paris Saint-Germain in 2020. The defender dominated Kylian Mbappe much like he outclassed his team-mates in a battle to set a bizarre Guinness World Record during a pre-season tour two years earlier.

A surreal picture from United’s trip to the USA in 2018 shows Tuanzebe posing alongside Guinness World Records adjudicator Adam Brown. With two smiles for the camera and the iconic certificate placed in the middle, the Red Devils academy product had just set the new global benchmark for… kids’ tabletop game Hungry Hungry Hippos.

For a while, Tuanzebe’s time of 17.36 seconds to clear a table of Hungry Hungry Hippos, set after a battle with former team-mate Ro-Shaun Williams, stood unmatched.

Other United players also spent some downtime trying to write themselves in the history books – albeit not in the ways they’re used to – as part of a collaboration with Guinness World Records in Arizona.

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Axel Tuanzebe kept Kylian Mbappe quiet in Man Utd’s 2-1 win over PSG (Image: Getty)

Tuanzebe was the only player to break new ground, but unfortunately for him, his record is now a thing of the past. American Donald McNeill is now the man to beat after clearing a Hungry Hungry Hippos table almost three seconds quicker than the former Red Devil (14.69 seconds).

Tuanzebe was only 20 years old with a smattering of first-team appearances under his belt at the time of his curious pre-season achievement. More than two years later, he would enjoy a night to remember.

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Starting alongside Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw against PSG in October 2020, Tuanzebe was given his first appearance of the calendar year by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And he grasped the opportunity with both hands, using his pace and athleticism to keep swashbuckling forward Mbappe under wraps.

The centre-back, who played Under-21s for England but recently switched his international allegiance to DR Congo, played a vital role in the shock 2-1 win for United at Parc des Princes in the Champions League group stages.

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Loan spells at Aston Villa, Napoli and Stoke City failed to see Tuanzebe break into the United first team on a regular basis, however, and he left Old Trafford last summer after 37 senior appearances.

The 26-year-old has now joined up with former United coach Kieran McKenna at Ipswich Town, playing frequently in recent weeks as the Tractor Boys push for promotion to the Premier League.

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1881916/man-utd-guinness-world-record-kylian-mbappe