Aston Villa are plotting a shock move to re-sign Manchester United winger Ashley Young in January, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The 28-year-swapped Villa Park for Old Trafford in 2011, but after initially looking like he may flourish with the Red Devils he has slipped down the pecking order after a dramatic dip in form.

New boss David Moyes seems to be unconvinced by the one time Watford ace, and has used him sparingly so far this term.

The Scot is ready to overhaul his squad in January after a woeful start to the season, with Young one of the players he is willing to sacrifice in order to free up space and funds.

This has alerted Villa, who are keen to snap up their former star.

It is likely that United would demand around £8m – less than half the fee paid for him a little over two years ago – while a loan deal also remains a possibility.

Everton and Newcastle are thought to be interested, but Young’s previous ties with the Villains could be enough for Paul Lambert to seal the deal.

The winger himself is likely to be open to moving on in search of regular action, with a spot in England’s World Cup squad still a possibility.