Aston Villa supporters in the Transfer Tavern were reasonably satisfied with their side on Sunday after seeing the Villans draw 0-0 at bitter rivals Birmingham City, a result which keeps the Midlands giants inside the Championship play-off places even if they did lose ground on leaders Sheffield United.
Chris Wilder’s Blades beat Leeds United 2-1 on Friday night to advance to the summit and go eight points clear of Steve Bruce’s Villa ahead of their clash with Steve Cotterill’s Blues. But after a tense encounter at St Andrew’s, both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils to leave the hosts just a place above the Championship relegation places, while their cross-city rivals Villa remained sixth in the table and a point clear of seventh place Derby County, who edged past Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Thus, there were mixed emotions from our resident Villans fans over the weekend but the overwhelming one was satisfaction, and as such they’ll hope to keep their decent run going when they travel to Preston North End on Wednesday night.
And many of those hardy Villa supporters lining up at the bar are also likely to be intrigued and perhaps encouraged by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which details that they alongside Leicester City and West Brom are lining up a move for Manchester United’s Michael Carrick.
The 36-year-old has been at Old Trafford since 2006 but has struggled with injury so far this season, appearing just once in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s men off the back of penning a new one-year deal over the summer.
Yet with the Red Devils having brought in Nemanja Matic during the summer, the former England international may struggle for gametime even when back to full fitness, and as such Villa are reportedly seeking to exploit that uncertainty by moving for him in the New Year.
And here are THREE reasons why Bruce must beat Leicester to the £1.35 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt)…