Aston Villa supporters were reasonably buoyant in the Transfer Tavern on Sunday evening after seeing the Villans deservedly earn a 0-0 draw from their clash with bitter rivals Birmingham City at St Andrew’s, a result which keeps the Midlands giants lodged inside the Championship play-off places.
Steve Bruce’s men have propelled themselves back into promotion contention recently by winning five of their previous six league games prior to Sunday’s trip to St Andrew’s, and they would have been confident of recording another victory when they travelled across the city to face Steve Cotterill’s struggling Blues. However, both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils on Sunday afternoon, a result which keeps the Villans sixth in the Championship but they are now seven points adrift of leaders Sheffield United, who beat Leeds United 2-1 on Friday night.
Thus, our resident Villa fans were reasonably satisfied with their team’s efforts and exploits over the weekend, and they are likely to be further intrigued and possibly encouraged by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which suggests that the Midlands outfit are in the race for Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.
The 36-year-old made the move to Old Trafford back in 2006 and has since gone on to play 460 times for the Red Devils, in which time he has won five Premier League titles, an FA Cup crown, three League Cups, and indeed the Champions League back in 2008.
And the former England international penned a new one-year deal with Jose Mourinho’s side back in the summer but has since struggled with injury, making just one Carabao Cup appearance for the club so far this term.
And with United well-stocked in the midfield department, Carrick may find gametime hard to come by when he returns from injury, and it’s uncertainty which has reported attracted the interest of Villa, as well as Premier League duo Leicester City and West Brom.
And with Bruce’s Villa seeking a return to the Premier League this term, there’s little doubt that Carrick would benefit the second tier outfit, but whether a deal is doable in January remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Aston Villa made a big statement of intent during the summer by bringing John Terry to Villa Park in a bid to bolster the ranks and bring much-needed experience to a club looking to return to the Premier League.
And now it seems that manager Steve Bruce is seeking to land Manchester United’s Michael Carrick, another vastly experienced player who has been absolutely integral to the Red Devils over the years.
However, with gametime likely to be hard to come by when he returns from injury, the 36-year-old may seek a new challenge in the twilight of his career, and Villa, along with Leicester City and West Brom, are lining up a move for the Englishman in January.
But United boss Jose Mourinho may look at Carrick as the perfect person to retain in the dressing room given his wealth of trophy-winning experience, but much will come down to whether the 36-year-old is happy being a bit-part player, or whether he wants to continue playing at a good level.
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