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Manchester United Identify Aston Villa Ace As Their Number One Target: Right Choice For Solskjaer?

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According to a recent report by The Daily Mirror, Manchester United have identified Jack Grealish as their number one target for the upcoming summer transfer window. The same source has also stated that the Villans captain is at the top of Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s summer wishlist as the Red Devils are likely to get priced out of a move for Jadon Sancho with Borussia Dortmund unwilling to lower their £100m price tag.

Grealish’s Sensational Season In English Football

Grealish enjoyed the best season of his playing career at Villa Park before the football world came to an abrupt halt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has produced a series of eye-catching displays as a central figure of Dean Smith’s attack during this campaign. The Birmingham-born midfield ace has made 31 appearances for the West Midlands outfit this term, registering nine goals and eight assists in all competitions.

The 24-year-old has been one of the most consistent players in England after averaging 2.1 shots, 2.7 key passes and 2.2 dribbles in every 90 minutes of football in the Premier League this season. He has also been quite accurate with his ball-distribution as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 84.4% in league football so far (stats via whoscored).

Grealish has represented England at the under-21 level, having featured in seven matches for them while netting two goals in the process. However, he is yet to make a senior appearance for his nation, so maybe a summer move to Old Trafford could help him catch the attention of Gareth Southgate ahead of the UEFA European Championship finals next year.

Manchester United identify Grealish, who is seen in the photo, as their number one target
Jack Grealish of Aston Villa looks on during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on February 16, 2020, in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

What Will The English Midfielder Bring To The Table?

Grealish can utilise his quickness and agility to make some tireless runs towards the opposition penalty area. He excels at dribbling with the ball and has the eye to pick out a killer pass in the final third. The English workhorse has also proven his worth as a regular goal-scorer from midfield which explains why Man United are interested in recruiting him this summer. He is also highly versatile as he can play in multiple positions across the frontline.

Is Grealish The Right Choice For The Red Devils?

Grealish is primarily an attacking midfielder but can also operate as a wide player on either flank if required. His incredible versatility, coupled with his goal-scoring and assist-making prowess, make him an excellent choice for the Mancunian giants to consider before the start of the new campaign. He will not only add more goals and creativity to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield but also enhance the overall quality of his first-team.

Plus, Grealish could potentially form a productive midfield partnership with Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford in the coming seasons. Hence, it makes sense for the Red Devils to bring him to the north-west of England during the summer transfer period so that they have a strong squad capable of challenging for multiple trophies next season.

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