Jamie Carragher does not think that Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is a player who Manchester United should be targeting this summer.
United head into the upcoming transfer window looking to take the next step towards a firm title challenge. While they look likely to finish second in the Premier League this season, this summer will prove crucial. Indeed, failing to make the right additions could prove the difference in challenging Manchester City.
As for where the Red Devils could improve, pundits have mentioned several areas which need attention.
Gary Neville believes that captain Harry Maguire needs a proper, long-term centre-back partner.
However, Roy Keane insisted that he would like to see Villa skipper Jack Grealish slot into United’s team.
Speaking to Sky Sports with his verdict, though, Carragher said that the midfielder – who can also operate out wide – would not fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
“I don’t think he would fit in here at Old Trafford just because of the players they’ve got, not his talent,” the ex-Liverpool centre-back said.
“They already have [Paul] Pogba playing on the left now, [Bruno] Fernandes, [Marcus] Rashford likes to play on that side.
“I don’t think he’s a must for Manchester United, I think he’s definitely got the quality.”
Grealish has proved a sensation since returning to the Premier League with his boyhood club. He had made his debut before Villa’s 2016 relegation, but he remained a raw talent at that stage.
However, the 25-year-old has come back to the top flight a better and more well-rounded talent; what’s more, he has chipped in with six goals and 12 assists this season and firmly emerged on the England stage.
Indeed, Villa have felt his recent absence with a shin injury, their form slipping without him.
Carragher lauds Grealish quality
Carragher added: “I think Jack Grealish is someone who loves to run with the ball and I don’t think there’s too many players like that, I love watching him.
“I think he’s a super player, and when you run with the ball and dribble with the ball, you’re going to get people trying to take it off you.”
United were due to return to action on Sunday afternoon, but their clash with Liverpool was postponed after fan protests outside Old Trafford spilled into the stadium.