Manchester United players defend Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial after racial abuse

Manchester United's players rallied to condemn the racial abuse suffered by Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial in the wake of Wednesday's defeat by Sheffield United.

Tuanzebe, 23, started his first league game since September 2019 after Eric Bailly was sidelined after sustaining a knock in training.

A number of United players spoke out online after the abuse targeted at their teammates.

Scott McTominay wrote on Instagram: "My brother. Disgusted with what I have read this morning," with a crown emoji on Tuanzebe's head.

United captain Harry Maguire wrote on Twitter: "UNITED against racism. We will not tolerate it."

Brandon Williams - who graduated from United's academy like Tuanzebe - wrote: "It is completely unacceptable. Disgusting behaviour. #NoToRacism."

Marcus Rashford shared a photo of himself with Tuanzebe, with the caption: "Brothers", while former United defender Rio Ferdinand wrote on Instagram: "This is a disgrace. These ignorant idiots need to be exposed so everyone can see them for what they are."

Luke Shaw shared an anti-racism post shared by United on Instagram.

United urged social media sites to eradicate the abuse posted online by 'anonymous mindless idiots'.

In a statement, the club said: "Everyone at Manchester United 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 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."

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