Manchester United are expected to move for Jack Grealish at the end of the season, The Mirror report.
The Aston Villa star would bring something different to United, as he has shown by setting a new Premier League record.
The Telegraph report Grealish has been fouled 140 times this season, with eight games remaining, already more than any player in league history.
This is at an average of five times per game, with the closest player in the league Wilfried Zaha at 3.3.
Why so often?
Grealish appears to have a target on his back as Villa’s most high profile player.
Hs ability to run with the ball and drive the team forward causes problems, with 2.1 successful dribbles per game. Often opponents take the easy or last resort option to stop him in his tracks and bring him down.
By comparison the most frequently fouled Manchester United player is Dan James, at 1.9 fouls per game.
Fernandes would be the winner
United’s new set piece specialist Bruno Fernandes can profit from linking up with Grealish.
If a team gives up an extra five fouls per game, often in the final third, Fernandes can make them pay.
His free-kick assist for Anthony Martial resulted in a game changing goal in March’s derby, and it is only a matter of time before he scores directly from an effort himself.
Fernandes has already set up Harry Maguire for a goal from a corner assist, away at Chelsea, and his ability from dead ball situations is unmatched in United’s squad. Give him more opportunities and he will be even more dangerous.
Signing Grealish will also provide United more opportunities to rest Fernandes, as he can can play centrally. But when they are on the pitch together, Solskjaer’s side have an extra attacking threat.
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