United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he is open to sending the England Under-21 international out on loan this month.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss, though, has suggested that he will wait until the end of the month to make his decision.
Mourinho told The Manchester Evening News: "Tuanzebe's a very good player that is not having lots of possibilities to play here. But he's our player and will be our player, no chance we give up on such a talented boy.
"But it is something we are thinking about, a loan until the end of the season. We are a bit afraid of injuries, a bit afraid of needing him, we have Eric Bailly injured, we are not free of other injuries, so we are delaying the decision and we are going to delay until the end of the transfer window.
"If we have a decision at the end of the month and feel Eric Bailly is close to being back, then probably will be good for Axel to go on a loan and be back next season, because he's a player we like very much."
Villa do need a defender this month, and it is great that manager Steve Bruce has started making plans.
However, the Villans cannot put all their eggs in one basket and have to start looking at options other than United defender Tuanzebe in case Mourinho decides to keep him at Old Trafford.