Aston Villa fans have sent a clear message to manager Paul Lambert after voting in support of re-signing former winger Ashley Young, suggesting they would welcome the Manchester United flop back at Villa Park.
The Daily Express reported over the weekend that Villa were one of three Premier League clubs considering a bid for the 29-year-old when the transfer window reopens in January.
And, according to a fan poll by the Birmingham Mail, 73 per cent of supporters that voted are in favour of a prospective return for Young at the turn of the year.
Competition for places
The arrival of a number of high-profile signings at Old Trafford during the summer has pushed the England international further down Louis van Gaal's first-team pecking order, and the new Red Devils boss might be prepared to let Young leave if the opportunity arises.
With less than two years remaining on his £115,000-a-week contract time is running out for Manchester United to get a decent return on the player they paid Aston Villa £15 million for back in 2011.
However, Young's old club could be one possible avenue for the Premier League giants to investigate, particularly after confirmation of the Aston Villa fan base's willingness to take the wide-man back.
A return to the Midlands could see the former Watford trainee reunited with old team-mate Tom Cleverley, who is spending the final year of his Manchester United contract on loan at Aston Villa.
Man Utd connection
The Red Devils presence extends even further with Lambert's assistant Roy Keane having recently been recruited as part of the club's backroom team. The Irishman of course spent many years as a player and captain at Old Trafford.
A return to his old stomping ground could act as a much needed catalyst for Young to rejuvenate his dwindling career, after falling off the international radar following a significant lack of confidence and drop in form at Manchester United.
Van Gaal has been ruthless in his treatment so far of many of the club's under-performing stars, and although Young performed well on Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States he is unlikely to get much further respite if he continues to struggle in the Premier League.
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