Sadly Manchester City won a third successive League Cup at the weekend and left United wondering what might have been.
A terrible 45 minutes in the semi-final first leg saw us concede three goals, before we won 2-0 over the next 135 minutes of action. It wasn’t enough and we paid the price.
Aston Villa were tasked with overcoming City at Wembley and similarly paid the price for a poor start, losing 2-1.
All eyes ahead of the game were on Jack Grealish, a player reported by The Mirror to be United’s top transfer target.
What happened at Wembley probably worked out in United’s favour with a view to a summer transfer.
Low key performance in our favour
Grealish has been the subject of a lot of hype over the past month or so and this has threatened to drive up his price tag.
One report in The Mail a fortnight ago even touted him as worth £80 million.
A Grealish-inspired Aston Villa victory at Wembley would have taken the hype to new levels.
Grealish had a tough game, he touched the ball more than any Villa midfielder, but was only able to create one chance.
Instead of turning United away, this match should provide more opportunity for the club to get him for a more reasonable price.
He is still the type of player we need to compliment the attacking threat brought in by Bruno Fernandes in January.
The loss could further inspire Grealish to leave his boyhood club. An editorial in The Times reflecting on the defeat is headed, ‘Jack Grealish must leave Aston Villa to fulfil his potential’.
Hopefully the midfielder feels the same way. What happened at Wembley yesterday counts in our favour. It might even keep him out of the England squad next month.
United can get Grealish regardless, but it’s also important to sign him for the right price. If he’s cheaper, it will speed up the process too, allowing more time to be spent focusing on other players.
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