Has Manchester United missed a trick by not signing Jack Grealish? – originally published on Sportslens.com
Aston Villa under Dean Smith 3-0 was probably one of their best away performances against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
While Ollie Watkins hit the headlines with a brace, it was Jack Grealish who was once again brilliant for the Villans.
The captain of the villa was outstanding last season, and he is so confident after his acceptance into the English national team. He has four goals and five assists in seven Premier League games this season and his virtuoso performance against the Gunners raises the question of why Manchester United didn't sign him this summer.
United made Jadon Sancho their top priority but it became apparent that they would have trouble getting it once Borussia Dortmund's stance was confirmed. During a pandemic that saw football clubs grapple with finances, it was simply unthinkable that the Red Devils would pay more than £ 90 million for Sancho's signature .
But Grealish would still have been an excellent signature you. His acceleration, dribbling ability and leadership skills to influence the game are unmatched and that is something that United is very much missing this season.
His association with Ross Barkley and Watkins had a devastating impact on Arsenal and Mikel Arteta's defenses. The team had no answer to counter Grealish's pace, imagination and technique.
United already have very good attacking equipment and Grealish would have added depth and quality to the team. It's everything United doesn't have. He plays with swagger and pride, scores goals, prepares for others and has the quality to break through the final third.
With the Red Devils struggling hard in the Premier League and Grealish shining again for Villa, you can't help but wonder if Ed Woodward missed a trick by not signing it.