Jack Grealish’s former manager Tim Sherwood thinks the Aston Villa captain would be an ideal addition for Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
Grealish has failed to inspire Villa to any victories since the Premier League restart last month, and his boyhood club are currently sat 18th, one point from safety.
While the midfielder has not hit top form since the restart, Grealish has been instrumental to Villa’s survival bid this season.
The 24-year-old has been an ever-present for Dean Smith’s side, scoring 7 goals and registering six assists in 31 league appearances.
There have been some suggestions that United no longer need Grealish given the brilliance of Bruno Fernandes since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon.
But Sherwood takes the opposite view, believing Grealish could afford Fernandes a rest and provide some much needed attacking squad depth for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“If Fernandes was missing again, he is the link that knits all those players together when they need to find a cute pass – Jack’s got that,” he told TalkSPORT.
“He’s got that drop of the shoulder where he can nick a free kick on the edge of the box and then they bend it in the top corner and then the team has to come out and then they can use the pace players.
“They won’t play them three in midfield, he will play loose off the left hand side I still think they need another centre forward
“It’s Manchester United, they will end up playing like 55 games a season, they are always deep into every competition – that’s the Man United I grew up watching.
“You need players, you need quality in your squad, they will be able to rotate it, bring players off the bench to affect it. I think he is a great foil for them.
“Would he start every game? No probably not but he would give Ole the opportunity to rest other players.”
United’s lack of strength in depth was exposed in the struggle to brush aside a low-in-confidence Norwich City in the FA Cup quarter-final at FA Cup.
Solskjaer made eight changes for the game, and the weaknesses within the squad were laid bare before they eventually secured their progression through to the semi-final in extra-time.
Jessie Lingard and Andreas Pereira have proven time and time again they do not serve adequate creative cover, and 32-year-old Juan Mata is surely nearing the end of his Old Trafford career.
Grealish is an exciting, versatile option that would certainly improve United’s squad if a move is made this summer.
As Sherwood suggests, he does not need to be a guaranteed starter to become a successful player under Solskjaer.