Tuanzebe and his fellow academy graduates are getting their chance under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
He told the UTD Podcast: “I still have contact with a lot of players that I came up with through the youth team, even back in the day in schoolboy ages, I still have some form of contact with them. I can always reach out to them and they can always reach out to me. And I think it's important.
"I always like to see where people are going, how they are doing because they've played a part in my life. But, I'd say in the changing room, Rashy, Timo (Fosu-Mensah) as that's my age group, and Scott (McTominay), we've all come through the same kind of system at the same time. You've experienced similar things, so we're close."
On his former youth teammates making their senior debuts, he adds: “I was celebrating as if it was me. Even my dad still asks until this day about another player, 'Where is he or where did he go'? Because you have grown up with these people, you've built a relationship with them so you're intrigued to know where they are at, if they are doing well and if they are healthy.
"When you see other people that you've come up with doing well it puts a smile on my face. I just want to cheer them on and tell them to keep going."