Date: 20th November 2018 at 7:00pm
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Aston Villa were linked with a move for Scott McTominay back in mid-October, but Dean Smith doesn’t have a need for the Manchester United midfielder now. McTominay is a combative player who breaks up play in the middle of the park, but Villa are overstocked in this department.

Smith has John McGinn, Mile Jedinak, Birkir Bjarnason and Glenn Whelan to provide more substance in midfield, so it’s unlikely they will return for McTominay in January. That may open the door for Leeds United to pounce, as they were also interested in his signature last month.

McTominay has made just four appearances in all competitions for United this season and barely makes the matchday squad anymore. With Fred, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic ahead of him in the pecking order, the 21-year-old’s future at Old Trafford looks grim.

And while Villa don’t need McTominay now, they could make a move for him next summer. Jedinak and Whelan are both 34 years of age while Bjarnason turns 31 at the end the season. Smith will need fresh blood in the midfield, so it may be worth monitoring his progress. An approach won’t be required just yet, however.

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