Aston Villa supporters have been reasonably buoyant in the Transfer Tavern this week following their side’s recent good form in the Championship, a run which has taken them to the cusps of the play-off places ahead of their trip to Preston North End this evening.
Steve Bruce’s men made a slow start to the new season by winning just one of their opening seven league games, and as such the pressure was significantly increasing on the former Birmingham City and Hull City boss. However, the 56-year-old has since overseen five victories in seven games to propel the Villans back into promotion contention, and their 0-0 draw at bitter rivals Birmingham on Sunday moved them into the top six, although they have since slipped to eighth following wins for Derby County and Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
Thus, many of our resident Villa fans have been in fine voice in the Tavern in recent weeks, but they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from ESPN, which outlines some potentially significant news regarding the future of Manchester United midfielder and Villans target Michael Carrick.
The 36-year-old has been at Old Trafford since 2006 and in that time has played 460 games for the Red Devils, helping them to five Premier League titles, an FA Cup crown, and of course the Champions League back in 2008.
However, since penning a new one-year deal in the summer, the former England international has struggled for gametime at the North West giants and as such speculation has been building about his future, with Villa one of three sides reportedly interested in acquiring him during the January window.
Yet recent reports suggest that Carrick has no intentions of leaving United despite his struggles for first team football, which is news that is surely going to come as a significant blow to Bruce and the Villa hierarchy, who would have likely viewed the 36-year-old as a perfect addition in their bid to return to the Premier League.
Landlord’s verdict: Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce placed a great deal of emphasis on experience in the most recent transfer market, with the likes of John Terry, Chris Samba, and Glenn Whelan all moving to Villa Park.
So it’s not overly surprising to see the Midlands giants linked with a move for out-of-favour Manchester United star Michael Carrick, who has made just one appearance in all competitions for the Red Devils this season after penning a new one-year deal over the summer.
The 36-year-old remains a class act on the field but would also play a big part off it as well, but it appears that he will indeed stay at Old Trafford despite reports linking him with Villa, Leicester City, and West Brom.
And this will surely come as a blow to Bruce, who is likely anticipating the January window in a bid to strengthen his squad ahead of their promotion push in the second half of the season.
Villa fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!