Aston Villa main-man Jack Grealish has labelled his stunning strike against Manchester United earlier this season as his ‘favourite goal ever’, with the Englishman recently being linked with the club.
Grealish, who fits the mould of player that Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s squad desperately lacks, has scored five goals and provided four assists in seventeen Premier League appearances for Villa this season, who find themselves in the bottom three before the turn of the year.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Grealish said: “That goal [against United] was my favourite goal ever. I’ve always wanted to play at Old Trafford. I’ve played there before in a reserve cup final but it’s not the same when it’s like that, That [Old Trafford] is my favourite ground in the Premier League.”
United’s lack of depth in midfield has become troublesome for Solskjær at times this season, especially in the case of Paul Pogba who has only just returned from injury. Scott McTominay, one of United’s most reliable options in the current campaign, has since been ruled out through suspected ligament damage, making the chances of the returning Pogba featuring in a free role extremely unlikely. However, the need for a creative midfielder has since increased through injury to McTominay and a January move for Grealish is an idea supported by many Reds.
Former Villa striker Darren Bent believes the idea of a January exit could be in the thoughts of Grealish given England’s upcoming Euro 2020 campaign, telling Football Insider: “Jack Grealish is their best player, I’m sure in January he’s going to be looking at the situation.”
“If he’s got any aspirations of making that European squad next year, he needs to be playing in a team that’s doing well. Him playing in a team that’s fighting relegation is not doing him any favours. I do worry about Aston Villa from that perspective as well, so it’s going to be an interesting and awkward second half of the season for them.”
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