Grealish warned he’d be ‘joining Man Utd as a substitute’ as struggle predicted

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has be warned over his first-team opportunities if he joins Manchester United this summer.

Grealish has impressed for Aston Villa despite their poor season in the Premier League, scoring seven goals and creating six assists to almost single-handedly carry his side at times.

Speculation is growing that he could be set for an £80m switch to Old Trafford this summer regardless of whether Villa retain their Premier League status.

But former Villa and United ace Eric Djemba-Djemba believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already boasts a strong midfield – and Grealish would have to settle for a spot on the bench.

Speaking to BettingApps.com, Djemba-Djemba said: "I think that Fernandes and Pogba are both a lot better than him, so he would be joining as a substitute.

"He would struggle to start over Rashford, Martial or Greenwood as well, but he would definitely be a good signing.

"I think that it’s more important to bring in a world class striker though."

Meanwhile, former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood says Grealish's summer transfer to Manchester United is 'already done'.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw Grealish score a stunner at Old Trafford in December and is keen to bolster his midfield options with the Villa skipper.

Grealish's form before the enforced mid-season break due to the coronavirus pandemic had seen him propelled into contention for England's Euro 2020 squad.

"I think Jack Grealish is a deal which is already done," he told Premier League Productions. "He’s a player that they [Manchester United] need. I honestly believe there’s only one club for Jack Grealish."

"I don’t think he can stay at Aston Villa, he needs to progress his career. I think he signs for Manchester United."

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