Jose Mourinho open to loaning out defender Axel Tuanzebe

Forest fire Scott Hogan’s first-half header condemned Aitor Karanka’s Forest to a defeat

Tuanzabe is an England under-21 worldwide and highly rated at United, but first-team opportunities have been in rare supply this season for the 20-year-old.

That is because the player has been out with injury and fitness problems for a couple of weeks now.

Playing for the first time under the former Middlesbrough manager, Forest had plenty of possession but did not quite have the guile to break down a well-organised opponent.

"I think everybody knows and understands the situation we're in - I think I've been pretty clear", the Birmingham Mail quote him as saying. "We believe. We really do", he told the club's website. Snodgrass in particular, we've done very well with the loan situation.

"If we have to make a decision, we are going to make it at the end of the month. We're particularly close on one - let's hope it can happen".

Jose Mourinho will delay a decision over Axel Tuanzebe's Manchester United future until the end of the transfer window, but admits that a loan deal may suit the defender.

With Eric Bailly still unavailable after undergoing ankle surgery in December, the United boss is now without one of his defensive options and will wait to see if any more injuries kick in at the end of the month before sanctioning any deal.

"There's no chance we'll give up on such a talented boy but we are thinking about a loan until the end of the season".

Villa go to Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening aiming to keep up their impressive recent Championship form that has seen them move up to fifth in the table, just four points behind Derby in the second automatic promotion place.

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