Man United were interested in Jack Grealish over the summer if you believe reports, though in the end, no deal would be done.
The Englishman has started this season in brilliant form, earning an England call-up and propelling Aston Villa into the Premier League’s top six.
Grealish has gone from strength-to-strength and the question remains, why didn’t Manchester United make a serious run at trying to sign the Villa #10?
Well, now we know why. The story comes from the Manchester Evening News, who have seemingly unearthed the reasons why United didn’t sign the 25-year-old, who already has ten goal contributions in the Premier League this season.
First and foremost, there was a concern about where Grealish would fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team. After all, the Villa star’s best two positions were attacking-midfield and left-wing; both areas where United are pretty well-stocked.
Secondly, there was also a problem with regards to Villa’s asking price. The Midlands outfit were after £80million to let their captain leave, with United having ‘no intention’ of paying that much for a player who wouldn’t have immediately been guaranteed a first-team spot.
The MEN actually stress that Grealish may no longer be viewed as a mere squad-filler by the United hierarchy, hinting that United’s position on the Villa star may well change.
But would a United move for Grealish be viable next summer?
Well, financially you’d hope that things have changed by next summer. Perhaps when cash isn’t as tight, Grealish may well be considered as a primary target once again.
Plus, his insane performances cannot go unnoticed. Grealish has stepped it up another level this term, becoming the heartbeat of a Villa team loving life in the top-flight at the moment.
I’m still unsure as to where he’d fit into the team, though. Bruno Fernandes is our attacking-midfielder, while Marcus Rashford has the left-wing slot on lockdown. Unless Grealish would be willing to play on the right, I’d probably urge United to look elsewhere.