OPINION Manchester United cannot afford to repeat Jack Grealish mistake
Jack Grealish might not yet have conjured up his swashbuckling best at Manchester City – but each sighting of him in blue should act as a warning sign to neighbours Manchester United.
Let’s rewind to early 2020.
Covid-19 had yet to leave its devastating mark and United – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the wheel – were steering in a forward direction having splashed out £56.7million on Bruno Fernandes.
Even the most optimistic observer wouldn’t have been able to predict the staggering impact he made.
Indeed, after years of overspending on players who simply did not live up to their price tag, the Portugal sensation remains a ‘bargain’ in the modern sense. How the market has changed.
Despite landing Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, key figures in the boardroom maintained interest in Grealish until, leading up to the 2020/2021 season, they decided that £80million was too much and the popular playmaker signed a new five-year contract with Aston Villa.
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