"I don't think we are very far off the top four now so it is just a case of keeping going, winning as many games as we can so we can ensure a place in those Champions League spots at the end of the season".
"We have to think long term and also short term and I've got a picture of what this Manchester United team should look in a couple of years [and] I put my views to Ed [Woodward, the executive vice-chairman] and the club".
Tuanzebe has impressed on loan at Aston Villa and given the lingering mediocrity of United's current central defensive options - Victor Lindelof aside - he might have hoped to return next season for more first-team opportunities.
Speaking about the interim boss, he added: "He [Solskjaer] is a coach with great values".
"He's given me lots of advice".
"I felt we hung on". Barely eight weeks have passed since José Mourinho was sacked and three players have already signed new contracts.
"I'd describe the period [since Martial has been at United] as really enriching for me as a person and a footballer".
But the Everton fans who saw Rooney toil through last season as he dropped deeper into midfield may disagree with his confident assertion. "As long as we're winning games that's all that matters", he concluded.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah will not be eligible to play due to the terms applied to Premier League loan moves, but Claudio Ranieri will be able to call upon Cyrus Christie and Andre Schurrle with both having recovered from injuries.