Jack Grealish could not have had a better audition, if that is what it was and proves to be.
He made Aston Villa tick and Manchester United scared – their only response to his guile was to kick him at every opportunity.
Grealish fits the profile that the Old Trafford recruitment gurus are keen on. Young, British, and with an ability to affect a game. John McGinn’s energy and industry will not have been lost on them either.
Both players benefited from a confidence and belief on the pitch that, again, drained out of the likes of Andreas Pereira and Fred.
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Grealish has been involved in more goals than any other British midfielder this season in the top flight and is the most-fouled player too, but the quality of his finish and footwork will have won some admirers from the Stretford End.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remained coy after the game on the prospect of prizing Villa’s captain and star man away from the club.
The Norwegian was asked the question after watching Grealish run rings around his players on Monday morning.
And when asked if Grealish was the sort of player that the Red Devils could buy, Solskjaer said with a smile: “I can’t talk too much about other teams’ players if they are Man Utd calibre or targets.
“But fantastic goal. I think he’s hit one of those corners that I’ve hit a couple of times.
“It was a great finish but then again we should defend better and show down the left.
“But what a goal and he played a good game, definitely.”
– With Sky Sports