Eagle-eyed fans spot Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe wearing a smart strap during Leicester defeat – but some mistake it for an Apple Watch!
Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe was spotted wearing a fitness tracker during Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat against Leicester.
The United man played the full 90 minutes in the defeat at Old Trafford, which handed their arch-rivals City the Premier League title.
Eagle-eyed fans spotted that Tuanzebe was wearing a black strap on his wrist concealed by his sleeve throughout the match.
Axel Tuanzebe wore a smart strap during Manchester United’s defeat to Leicester on Tuesday
Leicester won 2-1 at Old Trafford to hand United’s rivals City the Premier League title
What’s a WHOOP strap?
More than a standard fitness tracker, the Whoop Strap is useful for athletes and anyone else who wants comprehensive insight into their daily activity and health, with personalized coaching to help optimize training and sleep.
The bands are performance trackers that pick up data on muscle strain, heart rate and even sleep metrics.
Tuanzebe’s device appeared to be an Onyx ProKnit band created by American company WHOOP.
The WHOOP bands are said to be widely used by athletes while they offer personalized coaching to help them optimize training and sleep with device gathering data on muscle strain, heart rate and sleep metrics.
Some fans on social media hilariously thought that Tuanzebe was wearing an Apple Watch on his wrist.
One user wrote: ‘Is Tuanzebe wearing an Apple Watch or am I losing it?’
Another fan joked: ‘Would be so funny if someone called Tuanzebe and his Apple Watch started going off on the pitch.’
Although it is rare to see players wear these smart straps during games, Premier League and Championship clubs are now widely using similar technological devices to track the fitness of their squad and help them to make decisions.
Despite United’s defeat, Tuanzebe was one of the best performers on Tuesday night for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in what was just his second Premier League start of the season.
He could do nothing about Leicester’s opening goal though, with Luke Thomas striking a superb volley past David de Gea in goal to break the deadlock in the first half.
Mason Greenwood restored parity before Caglar Soyuncu’s thumping header claimed all three points for Leicester and all but confirmed their spot in next season’s Champions League.
Some fans mistook Tuanzebe’s black strap for an Apple Watch as they posted on social media
United defender Tuanzebe was one of the better performers for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men