You would be forgiven for thinking Manchester United don’t need to spend £80m this summer on a creative midfielder. The arrival of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba’s return from injury puts the team in such a position that highly-respected journalist Miguel Delaney doesn’t think Jack Grealish would improve the starting line-up.
The more I watch United, especially since the turn of the year, I feel we could prioritise other areas and strengthen significantly to a level that could see us compete next term.
There has been a great deal of speculation that the 24-year-old will join the Red Devils this summer, whether or not Aston Villa are relegated. They lost 2-0 against Liverpool today and currently sit in the drop zone — one point from safety with five games left to play.
According to the Daily Mail, Villa will demand at least £80m for Grealish. The same report states that he is high on United’s list of transfer targets.
However, The Independent’s Miguel Delaney doesn’t think the Villa playmaker would improve United’s first XI, tweeting the following this evening: “Not sure Grealish is a player who improves the level of United’s first XI. And there’d be something romantic if he stayed at Villa.”
Not sure Grealish is a player who improves the level of United's first XI.
And there'd be something romantic if he stayed at Villa.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) July 5, 2020
I agree with the above statement – but I’d also like it give it until the end of the season to make a better judgement.
As things stand, I’d like to see a holding midfielder and centre-back signed ahead of next season. A right-winger if we get one that improves the team for the right price.
Below are some reactions to Delaney’s tweet on Grealish:
He’s been dreadful since the restart… I wouldn’t judge him on games like today (if you are, that is)
— Alex Keble (@alexkeble) July 5, 2020
I’d rather go for Havertz Alcantara or Maddison
— Daren Houghton (@DarenHoughton) July 5, 2020
Neither do Lingard and Pereira. But I’m sure I’d rather Grealish over both of those two combined.
— WilliamOsborne (@Willl_Osborne) July 5, 2020
That did cross my mind after today’s game. I think his work rate is lacking to a degree. Would rather a Van De Beek I think… quality as well as work rate. Best of both but saying that I wouldn’t complain if we did get him.
— 👑 🔴 Rashfordinho (@CraigSta2018) July 5, 2020
Don’t think we would buy him to start him. But we need an improvement to Lingard and Andreas being the backup.
— James (@Jimgroom92) July 5, 2020