He backed that up a few months afterwards in the UEFA Champions League win versus CSKA Moscow.
The clubs have agreed a deal which will see the 20-year-old move to Villa Park for the rest of the season.
"Tuanzebe is a very good player that is not having lots of possibilities to play here", the Portuguese said.
The youngster impressed during the latter stages of the 2016/17 campaign but a lack of opportunities this season - just one start - has led to talk of a loan move away.
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Following the news of Tuanzebe's arrival, Villa fans took to Twitter to express their delight over the new signing.
He will join up with United loanee keeper Sam Johnston, who has been excellent in goal for Villa this season in keeping 12 clean sheets so far.
"If things had been different, I would have recalled Robert Snodgrass from his loan at Aston Villa and we would have done it by now but it's not possible".
He will be hoping to impress and receive regular game time with Villa, who are now fourth in the second tier and pushing for a return to the Premier League after a two-year absence.
Steve Bruce's side now sit in fourth place in the table, three points behind Derby County who occupy the final automatic promotion spot.
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