Jack Grealish’s comments on preferred position cast doubt on Man Utd move

It is still not clear what the future holds for Jack Grealish after the Aston Villa captain saved his side from relegation with a goal in the 1-1 draw against West Ham on Sunday.

The talismanic star was visibly emotional at full-time as the club he has supported since the age of four were guaranteed another season of Premier League football.

Some believe it could be the perfect way for him to close the curtain on his Villa career, and speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United has been doing the rounds for months.

But one major question which needs answering is how exactly Grealish would fit into the team at Old Trafford.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is known to be a huge fan of the player, and has been following his progress keenly.

Yet judging by his comments earlier this season, if Grealish does move he would want to play in an attacking midfield role – a position which Bruno Fernandes has shone in since joining the club in January.

Speaking about his favoured position in an interview with the Express & Star in February, Grealish said: "What will be hard at the moment is with the position I am playing in at the moment, people would probably say I am playing as a winger.

"I’ve always said my favourite position would be playing in midfield. That is where I would love to play for England.

"It is where I would want to play for Villa, but it just so happens at the moment I am playing well in the position I am in and it is better for the team.

"If I was fortunate enough to get a call-up, the position I would want to play is in midfield."

Grealish was clearly happy enough to play out of position for Villa, but if he is to make the move to Manchester he would surely demand he is picked in his natural role behind the striker.

This poses a problem due to Fernandes, who has played practically every minute of action since joining from Sporting Lisbon and does not look likely to be dislodged.

Which leaves Grealish with a dilemma – does he risk leaving a side where he is adored and the star man in order to potentially be played out of position or left on the bench?

Only Grealish himself can answer that question.

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