Jack Grealish has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United this summer but Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness said he was unconvinced by his talents yesterday. So is Grealish good enough for a switch to Old Trafford? Express Sport writers have had their say on the midfielder and whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should make a swoop for the 24-year-old.
Jack Grealish certainly has enough talent for Manchester United. His ability to dribble past opponents is a valuable commodity in modern football where defences can be massed so tight.
There are few players with the courage and quality to do so — and the Aston Villa captain is one of them.
He was a prime target for Mauricio Pochettino when he was manager of Tottenham, and that speaks volumes about the potential of Grealish.
That’s what it remains for the moment, though — potential and promise. He will be a gamble for any of the current elite clubs who sign him, United included.
Right now, it is hard to see where Grealish would slot into a United side playing with confidence and panache. They might be better served spending big money on a high-class central defender.
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Jack Grealish is a good player but he wouldn’t get into the Manchester United side at present.
Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba have struck up an immediate understanding and that’s a pairing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t want to tinker with.
That said, good teams always have good players. And Grealish would certainly represent an upgrade on the likes of Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira.
I’d say sign him – but for around £40million. If Villa aren’t having that then the Red Devils should look elsewhere.
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He’s certainly good enough to make the jump up to a top Premier League side, but Manchester United doesn’t seem like the right fit for Grealish to kick on in his career.
It’s almost certain he will leave Villa this summer and had this best last summer then I would say it’s a match made in heaven, but Bruno Fernandes happened and now the picture has changed at Old Trafford.
Grealish has looked a more productive and threatening player out on the left wing for Villa, but that’s currently occupied by Marcus Rashford who is enjoying the best season of his young career to date.
He would be the perfect fit at a club like Arsenal or Leicester perhaps simply because he would be guaranteed a lot more game time while being able to compete at the upper end of the table and develop his game further.
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Jack Grealish impressed in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford scoring one and looking like he belonged on the big stage.
But with the pressure is on Villa now with relegation looming the real test will be whether he can shine as bright in what could be the most important trial of his career on Thursday?
Grealish is not in the same league as Kevin de Bruyne and whether he would be good enough to keep Bruno Fernandes or say Marcus Rashford out of United’s squad next season is debatable.
But he would certainly be good enough to put pressure on those players and with some guidance in a faster slicker team, he could be very good.
I can’t see him breezing into Old Trafford and being guaranteed a place in the side but if he was prepared to go in and graft he could be a success in time.
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It is such a tough question to answer but Manchester United are determined to move for him and Jadon Sancho in the summer transfer window.
Jack Grealish is standing out at Aston Villa but frankly, they have been woeful in the Premier League this season and will probably be relegated back down to the Championship.
Someone like James Maddison has already proven he can do it at a higher level with Leicester although his form has tailed off in the second half of the current campaign.
He’d still be a safer option than Grealish but it seems the 24-year-old will leave Villa whether they are relegated or not.
United should put all of their efforts in signing Sancho and a centre-back and avoid the risky signing of Grealish with Paul Pogba now looking likely to stay.
The news of Nemanja Matic penning a new contract until the summer of 2023 may indicate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy with his midfield options.
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Jack Grealish is a good player, but I’m not sure he improves the Manchester United starting XI, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t in the market for more squad players.
Unless they’re going to lose Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and maybe Daniel James and he needs a back up I don’t see it as one to pursue.
He’s got Tahith Chong coming through as well, plus if they go for Jadon Sancho to add to that front line then he doesn’t need Grealish.
Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood looked spectacular this weekend, and while you do need depth Grealish would be restricted to the impact sub role – which isn’t what you want if he’s going to cost upwards of £50m.
Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba look great together and with Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred in midfield he doesn’t fit in there either.
So while Grealish is a decent player I think they should be looking elsewhere this summer.
Should Manchester United make a move to sign Jack Grealish in the summer then the Aston Villa star will have to make a decision based on what’s best for his career.
Grealish’s talent can’t be denied but he may find it difficult to find a place in midfield if Paul Pogba stays as Bruno Fernandes won’t be moved and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks highly of Scott McTominay.
The attacking midfielder has proven that he is capable of playing on the wings also but then again he would be facing intense competition from Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and a potential signing, such as Jadon Sancho who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Grealish will also have to focus on his character as the Red Devils have high demands when it comes to the way the players represent the club.
It all comes down to what the 24-year-old decides to do with his future and how hard he works in training, but Solskjaer has got an abundance of options to use in his starting line-up at the moment.
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