Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe joins Aston Villa on loan

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe returns to Aston Villa on loan…two years after helping Dean Smith’s side win promotion to the Premier League

  • Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe will spend next season on loan at Aston Villa
  • The defender knows Villa well after playing for them in the 2018/19 campaign
  • Tuanzebe, 23, struggled to get regular football under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • His hopes of regular football were dealt a new blow by Raphael Varane’s signing 

Aston Villa have announced they have signed defender Axel Tuanzebe on loan from Manchester United for the coming season.

Tuanzebe, 23, was sent out on loan to Villa for the 2018/19 campaign and was a big part of the team’s successful promotion campaign back to the Premier League, making 28 appearances for them in The Championship.

He has struggled to regularly get into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side since returning to the club, making only nine starts in all competitions last season.

Aston Villa have signed Axel Tuanzebe on loan from Manchester United for one season

It is the second time Tuanzebe has moved to Villa, spending the 2018-19 season there on loan

He produced a big performance in a 2-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League but fading from the team once Harry Maguire returned from injury.

And with Raphael Varane joining United from Real Madrid, his chances of holding down a place in the team next season were looking increasingly slim.  

‘Aston Villa is delighted to announce the loan signing of Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United,’ said the club’s statement.

‘The defender returns to Villa Park on a season-long arrangement.

‘Tuanzebe was a key member of the squad that helped Villa clinch promotion back to the Premier League in 2019.

‘The 23-year-old has made regular appearances in the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League for United over the past two seasons, impressing at both centre back and right back.’

Tuanzebe (left, pictured with Albert Adomah and Tammy Abraham) helped Villa get promoted

Tuanzebe’s loan signing comes in a busy period of transfer activity for Villa, who have wasted little time reinvesting the £100million they received from Manchester City for Jack Grealish.

Villa have signed winger Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen for around £25million while Danny Ings has bolstered their strikeforce after joining from Southampton, also for £25million.

In June, they paid a club-record fee rising to £38million to prise midfielder Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City. 

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