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Manchester United Could Move In For This English Midfielder If Pogba Leaves: Good Option For Ole?

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In a recent report, Manchester Evening News has stated that Manchester United could move in for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish if either Paul Pogba or Juan Mata leaves in January. It is understood that the Red Devils do not need to sign another attacker right now, but they could change their stance if one of their current options end up parting ways with the club this winter (via Manchester Evening News).

Grealish’s Incredible Start To This Premier League Campaign

Grealish has been enjoying a rich vein of form of late after producing a string of eye-catching displays on the left side of Dean Smith’s attack this season. The English playmaker has done remarkably well to find the back of the net on five occasions while securing five assists in eight appearances for the Villans this term across all fronts.

The Aston Villa academy graduate is playing some of the best football of his young career along with his teammates, Ross Barkley and Ollie Watkins. Grealish deserves a lot of plaudits for his impressive numbers in the offensive end of the field as he is averaging 3.1 shots, 2.7 key passes and 2.9 dribbles per game in the Premier League so far. He has also distributed the ball with conviction based on his pass completion rate of 79.8% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

With Pogba struggling to perform at a high level and Juan Mata in the last year of his playing contract, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be wise to cash in on one of them in January and opt for a move to bring an in-form Grealish to Old Trafford.

Manchester United could move in for Grealish if Pogba leaves (Grealish is seen arguing in the picture)
Jack Grealish of Aston Villa and Matt Targett of Aston Villa reacts during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal FC at Villa Park on July 21, 2020, in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Rui Vieira/Pool via Getty Images)

What Will The English Midfielder Bring To The Theatre Of Dreams?

Grealish is a deceptively quick wide player who can make some penetrative runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty area. He works hard every time he steps onto the field and has already established himself as a prolific goal-scoring midfielder in the Premier League.

The English talent has got the vision to play a killer pass in the attacking third, which explains how he has already got five assists to his name this season. Plus, he is a great leader on the pitch and can get the best out of his teammates in pressure situations.

Will Grealish Be A Good Option For The Red Devils?

Going by his recent form, Grealish will be an excellent option for Man United as he possesses all the skillset required to be a success story at Old Trafford. The English midfield ace could potentially form a fruitful attacking partnership with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial up top.

At the moment, Grealish offers far more than what Pogba brings to the table, so Solskjaer should consider orchestrating a move for the Villans skipper this winter. He will add even more goals and assists to the Man United frontline and could also help them compete for some major trophies in the coming seasons.

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