By Alan Hutton

1st Jan, 2021 | 6:36pm

Pundit Exclusive: 27-year-old in line for Aston Villa return

Tyrone Mings is back from suspension for tonight’s match – Aston Villa vs Manchester United – and will come straight back into the starting XI in place of Kortney Hause.

That is the view of an Aston Villa and Scotland legend speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams, Alan Hutton, who says the decision will be “tricky” for manager Dean Smith.

Mings, 27, received a one-match ban following his red card against Brighton but is free to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in a match which could see Villa move to within one point of United in 3rd place.

Their expectation-defying league position is due in large part to their defensive solidity.

Hause played alongside Ezri Konsa in their last match, but with Mings set to return one of them will have to lose out, and it will be the former according to Hutton.

He told Football Insider: “I do think Mings will come back in. He’s the leader of the back four so he will come in. Then it’s down to the manager in terms of who he thinks is best.

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“These are the problems you want. It’s a tough decision, but you want that as a manager. If you’re looking at your back four thinking, ‘I could take any one of these guys out’ then it’s easy because you’re not playing well.

“But if everyone’s playing well, to a high standard then it’s always going to be a tricky decision.

“Mings and Konsa had a great relationship throughout the start of the season. Now Hause has come in and done really well.

“But I think Konsa will play. I think that’s the strongest pairing, Mings and Konsa, they’ve built a relationship. So I think it will be those two moving forward.”

This season, only Manchester City have conceded fewer goals than Dean Smith’s men.

Last term, bottom place Norwich City were the only team to concede more than Villa – their impregnable defence this season is a welcome change for their fans.

In other news, an Aston Villa striker has been explicitly told to leave the club by a former European Golden Shoe winner.