October 22, 2021

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer settles on Jack Grealish as Paul Pogba replacement

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.

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.

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.

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.