Man Utd transfer strategy questioned with target urged to consider different move

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey doesn’t believe Jack Grealish would be a good fit at Manchester United due to the amount of midfielders Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has at the club. United were heavily linked with a move for Grealish for much of last season after impressing for Aston Villa.

It was reported that a move away from Villa Park was all-but certain if Dean Smith’s side were relegated from the Premier League.

But Grealish scored in the final game of the season against West Ham to help Aston Villa survive in dramatic fashion.

Not long after and the 25-year-old signed a new long-term contract at the club, all-but ending any chances of him moving to Old Trafford.

Grealish begun last season playing his usual position in the centre of midfield, but he was soon moved out wide on the left where he’s been able to influence games more.

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He arguably enjoyed his best game in the recent 7-2 thrashing of defending champions Liverpool after scoring twice and providing three assists.

But United were reportedly looking at Grealish as an option in midfield.

The Red Devils ended up bringing in Donny van de Beek from Ajax to add to Solskjaer’s attacking midfield options.

And Heskey now thinks Old Trafford would be the wrong fit for Grealish if he were to seek a move away from Villa.


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“(United) keep buying midfielders,” he told HITC.

“They keep packing that midfield with the same players.

“Are you just going to be a number in that midfield?

“Or go to a club where you can see the progression?”

But Heskey goes on to state that Grealish could be fine exactly where he is, particularly with Villa enjoying a strong start to the campaign.

“I don’t think he needs to make a move to grow at international level,” he added.

“Gareth (Southgate) is showing that as long as you’re showcasing (that ability) within your club, then he’s fine with that.

“It’s more for Jack himself, to showcase whether he can do it at the highest level.

“Can he do that with the better players? I don’t think it’s a case of he needs to move to cement his England place, I think Gareth understands that.”

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