United's Tuanzebe joins Aston Villa on loan

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe has joined Championship side Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the 2017/18 campaign.

The versatile 20-year-old made three appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side in the first half of this season after making a successful first-team breakthrough towards the end of last term.

He impressed when playing 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup success at Swansea before coming on as a substitute in the Champions League win over CSKA Moscow and, most recently, the Premier League victory at Everton on New Year's Day. Tuanzebe subsequently travelled with the squad to Dubai for the warm weather training camp.


For the remainder of 2017/18, former Reserves captain Axel will link up with United legend Steve Bruce, Villa's manager, fellow loanee Sam Johnstone and ex-Reds defenders James Chester and Ritchie De Laet.

Johnstone has been hugely impressive as the Villans’ no.1 this term, keeping 12 clean sheets in 28 Championship games. Chester has been a regular at the heart of the defence, appearing 34 times this term, but De Laet has only made nine outings so far in 2017/18.

Tuanzebe will also be able to tap into the vast knowledge and experience of former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, who joined the club last summer and has recently returned from injury.

The boss certainly rates Tuanzebe very highly and sees the decision to allow him to leave on loan as a chance for him to get some more game time under his belt.

“Tuanzebe is a very good player that is not having lots of possibilities to play here,”
Mourinho said recently.
“But he’s our player and he will be our player – no chance we give up on such a talented boy. He is a player that we like very much.”


Tuanzebe is the third United player to leave the club on loan this month after striker James Wilson also switched to a Championship team in Sheffield United and full-back Demi Mitchell made a temporary move north of the border to Hearts.

He will be hoping to impress and receive regular game time with Villa, who are currently fourth in the second tier and pushing for a return to the Premier League after a two-year absence.

Axel is the first player to join Villa during the January transfer window and could directly come up against his United team-mate Wilson on his debut if he plays when the Villans face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night.

Everyone at United wishes Axel well during his loan spell.

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