Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer settles on Jack Grealish as Paul Pogba replacement
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Jack Grealish as the perfect replacement for Paul Pogba whenever the Frenchman leaves the club, according to reports. The Aston Villa star enjoyed a fruitful campaign, helping his side finish 11th in the Premier League table. And he’s poised to shine for England at the upcoming European Championships.
Manchester United could lose Pogba in this summer’s transfer window.
Juventus remain keen on landing the France international, who previously fired them to four straight Serie A titles during Antonio Conte’s time in charge.
Though the Old Lady are looking to balance the books in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, their cause is helped by the midfielder’s contractual situation at the club.
Pogba has just a year of his current deal left to run, with the midfielder yet to decide on his future.
And the Manchester Evening News say Solskjaer wants Grealish as a replacement for Pogba whenever the 28-year-old goes.
That suggests United don’t think the 2018 World Cup winner is in it for the long term, especially given his previous desire to leave.
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Pogba sought a move to Barcelona three years ago having seen his relationship with Jose Mourinho crumble at Old Trafford.
But a transfer away failed to materialise, with Ed Woodward flatly refusing to let him go.
Barcelona proposed an arrangement consisting of a £45million fee plus Yerry Mina and Angel Gomes which, unsurprisingly, was barely given the time of day.
In 2019, Pogba also pressed to leave.
United failed to qualify for the Champions League under Solskjaer but, in the end, the France international was persuaded into staying put.
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And what happens next remains to be seen.
If United don’t get Pogba to sign a new contract, they face the prospect of him leaving for nothing in the summer transfer window of 2022.
And Grealish, it appears, has been chosen as the ideal replacement.
Solskjaer wanted to land the Aston Villa star 12 months ago, only for their £75million asking price to be deemed too steep.
United then decided to buy Donny van de Beek from Ajax instead, but the Netherlands international failed to live up to expectations during his first season at the club.
Grealish is set to be a big part of England’s European Championships campaign as Gareth Southgate looks to lift morale across the country by delivering a trophy.
And whether United decide to go after him is something only time will tell.
Earlier this month, United legend Roy Keane urged Solskjaer to sign Grealish – and thinks Harry Kane would be a good addition as well.
“The two players who I’ve thought about over the last few weeks who I feel would be brilliant for Man Utd are Harry Kane up front – whatever it costs – and I’d go with Jack Grealish,” he said.
“I feel United are still short of that special player. I think Grealish would give them that and I feel he would enjoy playing at Old Trafford.
“The fans would love him.
“What I admire about Jack is he’s got great courage on the football pitch.
“He always wants the ball in tight areas. We’ve seen over the last year or two his end product has improved. He’s an excellent player and obviously Kane would guarantee goals.
“Would it be difficult to get these two players? You bet your life it would be, but Man Utd have to go out and try to sign the best otherwise we’ll be having the same conversations next year about being nearly there.
“Jack would be ready for Man Utd. He’s done well for Aston Villa, a brilliant club who are doing very well, but Jack’s got to be selfish. He’s got to look to step up to the next level.”
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