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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails Jack Grealish amid transfer speculation

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Aston Villa star Jack Grealish with the summer transfer window creeping closer.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Jack Grealish ahead of the summer transfer window. The Red Devils go up against Aston Villa in their Premier League showdown on Thursday night. And, amid speculation the Red Devils will move for the 24-year-old, Solskjaer has spoken out.

Speaking ahead of United’s Premier League showdown with Villa, Solskjaer said: “He scored a fantastic goal [earlier in the season].

“There’s been lots said and talked about him and we need to be aware of him. Whoever is close to him, if he’s off the left, in the middle, on the right.”

“What he does is attract players to him and create space for others, so there’s not just one player in that Villa team (that can hurt you). There’s many of them.”

Express Sport understands Grealish has already started looking for houses in the North West ahead of a potential move to Old Trafford.

And he can show United what he’s made of when they lock horns with the 24-year-old’s side on Thursday.

Solskjaer is wary of Villa, admitting that they’re tough defensively and will be tricky to break down.

“Theyve shown since lockdown they can hold their own,” he added.

“Theyve been tight games the games theyve had theyve worked on their shape and their counters are one of the most powerful ones in the league, they spring quickly, set plays, some good first contact players, big size and some individual players.”

Solskjaer is set to stand by David De Gea for the clash against Dean Smith’s side.

The Spain international has struggled in recent times, making errors against Tottenham and Bournemouth since the restart.

Yet Solskjaer has given the 29-year-old his backing and insisted he’s working hard behind the scenes to cut the mistakes out of his game.

“David as you say has had some fantastic seasons here,” he said.

“Next year is his 10th, hes proven Eric Steele right that we believed in him, had a tough ride early on physicality in England but been best goalkeeper in the world last nine or 10 years and hes still keen to learn.

“Richard and Craig have reignited a little bit of spark in David and hes working really hard in training.”

Solskjaer is happy with the way his United side have been progressing.

Yet he feels his side may have to win every game until now and the end of the campaign if they’re to have any chance of finishing in the Premier League top four.

“I think so yeah, you never know whats gonna happen but it looks like teams around are playing well,” he said.

“There are so many games, if you win every single one were in the top four.

“We cannot rely on help from anyone else, have to do it ourselves and go into next season we can put other challenges into teams.”

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