Man Utd ask former Villa boss for Grealish reference as transfer nears

Date published: Tuesday 23rd June 2020 9:11 - Matthew Briggs

Manchester United have asked a former Aston Villa boss for a reference on top target Jack Grealish, claims a report.

United have asked former centre-back and now Newcastle manager Steve Bruce for an assessment on Grealish, who is the most fouled player in the Premier League.

And Bruce, 59, who managed Grealish for two years at Villa Park between 2016-2018 has given the England hopeful a glowing reference.

The 24-year-old has been the driving force in Villa’s efforts to avoid relegation back to the Championship this season.

He fits United’s new transfer profile of attracting young, British talent.

However, United have sought to find out about the England hopeful and, as according to 90min Bruce has given Grealish a “glowing review”.

Grealish has managed nine goals and eight assists in all competitions this season, but it is his character and off-the-field antics that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been interested in.

Grealish has spoken of his “deep embarrassment” after he agreed to visit a friend during the coronavirus lockdown in March.

Police were called to the Dickens Heath area of Solihull to reports a Range Rover had crashed into two parked cars, with pictures emerging online of the Aston Villa captain at the scene in slippers and a bright blue hoodie.


Grealish ‘deeply embarrassed’

The midfielder later said he was “deeply embarrassed” by the incident – less than a day after launching a video appeal for people to stay at home during the Government-enforced lockdown.

United though have apparently heard nothing but good things from Bruce and are expected to push ahead with a plan to sign the player, whose contract at Villa Park runs until 2023.

Former United winger Ryan Giggs says it is a no brainer for United to be interested in Grealish, but believes they are four players short of challenging Manchester City.

“If a quality player like [Grealish] comes available, United are going to be [interested],” Giggs told Premier League Productions.

“He looks like a United player, he takes the ball, he attracts loads of fouls.

“I would say that we definitely need a centre-forward. Someone who, if a team is deep, is going to play deep and be on the end of those passes, crosses and score 25 goals.


“I still think if we’re going to catch [Manchester] City, we’re three or four players short.

“But [it’s] definitely exciting and promising with Bruno [Fernandes] and [Paul] Pogba coming into the team.”

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