Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Tyrone Mings to replace Kortney Hause in the Aston Villa starting XI against Manchester United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer insisted Hause, 25, has done well in Mings’ absence but the England international is a “favourite” of Dean Smith and will get the nod at Old Trafford.
Mings was sent off after 40 minutes for two bookable offences on Wilfried Zaha in Villa’s Boxing day clash with Crystal Palace.
Performance of the season that second half; lads were absolutely unreal!! I put the team in a horrible situation & I take full responsibility for that, but what a response 🦁💜🦁💜🦁
— Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) December 26, 2020
He served his one-match suspension against Chelsea on Monday when Aston Villa earned a creditable 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Prior to his dismissal against Palace, Mings had been an ever-present in Dean Smith’s defence partnering Ezri Konsa.
Villa have one of the best defensive records in the league having only conceded 14 goals, the second-lowest in the division, and kept eight clean sheets in 14 games.
It is a stark contrast to their defence last season where only bottom side Norwich City conceded more goals than Villa’s 67.
However, the addition of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and right-back Matty Cash have turned the situation around and Agbonlahor has claimed Mings has been at the heart of the transformation.
“Mings got sent off and Kortney Hause did well,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider. “But I think Mings is definitely a favourite of Dean Smith’s.
“He’s a leader on the pitch and has played very well.
“100 per cent he’ll come back in against Manchester United because you need your best players in those sorts of games.
“So yes I’d expect him to start against Man Utd.”
Mings, 27, has played 68 times for the Midlands giants since initially moving on loan from Bournemouth in January 2019.
His form in claret and blue earned him an England call up seven months later and he now has seven caps to his name.