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9th Dec, 2016 | 4:23pm

Forget Barry: This is the player Aston Villa should bring back in January

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Aston Villa should try and persuade Ashley Young to make a return to the club in January.

The Manchester United winger’s career appears to be in its final stretch and Young has largely been used as a bit-part squad player in recent seasons.

Young has started just two league games for United this season and has only played eight matches under Jose Mourinho in total since the Portuguese manager arrived in the summer.

The 31-year-old has had a lengthy and successful career at Old Trafford, using his versatility to prove his effectiveness in a number of different United squads.

However, his last appearance came in the 3-1 win against Swansea in the Premier League over a month ago and he has been linked with a move away from Manchester in January.

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A number of Premier League clubs are thought to be interested but Young may like the idea of returning to Villa, where he would no doubt get regular first team action in the Championship.

Young still has considerable pace despite his age and his delivery is still highly effective so he could provide great service for Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede from the wing.

Steve Bruce still has great contacts at Manchester United due to his affiliation with the club as a player and United could expect to receive around half of the £17 million fee they paid for Young in 2011, which Villa would surely oblige to.

He made 157 league appearances for Villa in a four-season career and scored 30 goals during their time in the top flight.

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