Manchester United’s main issue is still chance creation. Heck, it feels like that has been the problem for the last half-decade, but for one reason or another, the club just hasn’t addressed it properly.
To his credit, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a relatively good job while sitting in the Old Trafford dugout – particularly where transfers are concerned. Now, it’s up to the board to back him and get United back in amongst the big-boys.
One name that is apparently on United’s radar is Jack Grealish. Now at first, I was definitely more of a James Maddison kinda’ guy, but I have to say I’m warming to the Aston Villa man…
Yesterday, while doing some punditry work, former Villa man Gabby Agbonlahor gave us his take on the Grealish situation; and what he had to say was rather intriguing…
Agbonlahor actually believes the Reds would pay £70m to sign the 24-year-old in the summer.
“If he stays up, I think he’ll leave. If they stay up, it could be 50-50. If Villa go out there and spend another £100m maybe…” Agbonlahor told Stadium Astro.
“If they go out and spend, he’s getting better players around him. I know him, he won’t want to leave. He’s the captain.”
“Man United, Villa might say, ‘You know what, it’s going to cost you £70m.’ I think Man United pay it. He’d walk into that side, they’re missing that creativity.”
To be fair, he’s right. Grealish would walk straight into this team either as a winger or in the #10 role. In terms of the fee, I don’t think he’s too far off, either. Villa isn’t short of a bob or two while Grealish absolutely loves his boyhood club. The Englishman definitely isn’t going to sell his hometown side short.
What I like about Grealish is that he has that swagger that’s required to be a United player. He has an arrogance, confidence and a personality – which is exactly what this Reds squad sometimes lacks in.
Honestly, I’d go out there and pay whatever it takes. I’m sure other clubs will be sniffing around, but maybe, just maybe, the lure of playing for the biggest club in the country still has some value.
Plus, he looks pretty good in United colours, eh?