Aston Villa must make January move for Scott McTominay

Aston Villa should look to sign Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay on loan when the January transfer window opens for business.

What’s the word, then?

McTominay has made six appearances for United this term, and 31 in total for the Red Devils since stepping into the first-team picture.

The 22-year-old has often been criticised by United fans, but he was certainly a favourite of Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho’s exit from Old Trafford might well have changed McTominay’s situation though, and it is difficult to imagine that the Lancaster-born midfielder will be in the plans of United’s next long-term manager.

McTominay has a contract with United until the end of the 2020-21 campaign, and it is always difficult to sign players on a permanent deal in January.

Villa should certainly explore a loan move for the Scotland international, however, as there is no question that he could contribute in the second half of the campaign.

Why should Villa move for McTominay?

The 6ft 4in ace has had a tough time in recent months, but he is capable of making a huge difference to a Championship club.

Villa certainly have ambitions of securing a return to the Premier League for the 2019-2020 campaign, and the January window will be extremely important.

Mourinho might have taken some convincing due to his fondness of McTominay, but the Portuguese’s departure looks to have opened the door.

McTominay will find it difficult to become a first-team regular at United, but he has already made six Premier League appearances this term, and has Champions League experience to his name.

There is no question that Villa should be making a move as McTominay’s arrival would certainly boost the team’s chances of securing a return to the top flight.