Two Aston Villa players are reportedly on the transfer shortlist at Manchester United ahead of the January transfer window.
This is according to the publication from the stables of the Birmingham Mail which revealed key Aston Villa players Scott McGinn and Jack Grealish are being targeted by the Red Devils who are keen to bolster their squad after an underwhelming start to the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
Manchester United have already lost four league games this term and that has seen them drop out of the race for the Premier League title, while their Champions League hope is hanging by a thread.
The Red Devils are nine points off the last Champions League spot presently occupied by champions Manchester City.
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In addition, they are 18 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool.
Manchester United have drawn up an eight-man transfer shortlist and both Jack Grealish and Scott McGinn feature heavily.
Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish has been a key performer for the team this season though he has missed the last three games with a calf injury.
He scored four goals and also provided four assists in 12 games in all competitions before the injury.
On his part, Scott McGinn has scored three league goals for Aston Villa this season.
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will certainly learn a lot about his players during this period of games without victory ahead of the Premier League clash with league newcomers Aston Villa.
Chelsea are without a win in their last three games in all competitions including defeats in each of the last two league games and new manager Frank Lampard would be hoping to lead his team back to the glory path against a stubborn Aston Villa who were able to secure a 2-2 draw in their last league game at Manchester United at the weekend.
Chelsea won six league games in a row before they came unstuck at Premier League champions Manchester City via a 2-1 defeat.
That defeat was followed by the 1-1 draw away to Valencia in the Champions League before the 1-0 loss to West Ham United at home at the weekend.
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard rested the likes of N’Golo Kante and Willian for the West Ham United game on Saturday though the two players came off the bench and were unable to affect the result positively.
The two players will be restored into the starting lineup for the Villa game as well as leading goalscorer Tammy Abraham who’s expected to make his return from the injury that ruled him out of action at the weekend.
Probable Chelsea XI vs Aston Villa (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Emerson Palmieri; N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount; Willian, Tammy Abraham, and Christian Pulisic.
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This is according to the publication from Various which revealed that Jack Grealish is high on the list of transfer targets at Manchester United ahead of the resumption of the January transfer market in the next few weeks.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the quality of Jack Grealish when asked about the England midfielder and that has further fuelled the transfer links involving the player and a move to Old Trafford.
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Jack Grealish came close to joining Tottenham Hotspur last season but he opted to stay with boyhood club Aston Villa.
The decision to stay at Aston Villa rather than move to Spurs was mainly due to the failure of the North London club to produce the necessary transfer funds needed to sign him and it has proven to be the right one as he has flourished at Villa Park in the last one year.
Jack Grealish was instrumental to the Aston Villa team as the Midlands club was able to seal promotion to the Premier League via the Championship playoffs last season.
The 24-year-old has scored five goals in all competitions for Aston Villa this term.
Premier League: Man United Backed To Beat Aston Villa
According to him, the Red Devils will return to winning ways against league newcomers Aston Villa.
Manchester United drew their last league game with another newly promoted team Sheffield United as the two clubs shared a six-goal thriller for a 3-3 draw last weekend.
Mark Lawrenson is a former Liverpool defender and he’s backing Manchester United to beat Liverpool 2-0 at Old Trafford in the week 14 clash.
Nothing other than a win over Aston Villa will suffice as the Red Devils try to capitalize on the top four teams dropping points.
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Manchester United started the weekend with a deficit of nine points off the top four places with Chelsea occupying the final spot in those positions.
Chelsea were beaten 1-0 at home by London rivals West Ham United on Saturday and that has given Manchester United the impetus to close the gap on the Blues to just six points with a win over Aston Villa.
Manchester City are also a member of the top four at the moment and they dropped points as well this weekend following the 2-2 draw recorded at the home of Newcastle United in the early kickoff on Saturday.
Man United Confirm Starting Lineup vs Aston Villa
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will definitely make wholesale changes to his starting XI ahead of the Premier League meeting with newly promoted side Aston Villa.
Solskjaer turned to the youngsters for the Europa League Matchday Five clash with Astana FC of Kazakhstan on Thursday night as he rested his first team players through to the knockout stage of the competition at the end of Matchday Four.
The youthful Manchester United team lost 2-1 to Astana despite taking a first-half lead as the long Europa League unbeaten run for the Red Devils came to a halt after 15 games.
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Solskjaer will revert to the experienced players for the Aston Villa game and the big news is that midfielder Scott McTominay could return to the team after some weeks out with the ankle injury sustained during the last home game in the league, a 3-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Scotland international Scott McTominay has missed the last two games with the injury sustained before the November international break.
Probable Manchester United XI vs Aston Villa (4-3-3): David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Brandon Williams; Fred, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira; Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
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Aston Villa won’t sell their players despite the transfer reports linking some key performers with other Premier League sides.
This is according to Aston Villa manager Dean Smith who spoke about transfers during his pre-match press conference ahead of the upcoming Premier League game with Newcastle United.
Aston Villa host Newcastle United at Villa Park on Monday night in the last game of week 13 Premier League matches.
Dean Smith told reporters that the Aston Villa owners are fully committed to the club and that they have told their players that there would be no outgoings.
Star players Jack Grealish and John McGinn have been linked with some major clubs on the Premier League scene.
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Grealish is the Aston Villa captain and he has been consistently linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
He came close to joining Spurs at the start of last season before the North London club pulled the plug on the deal mainly due to the transfer fee demanded by Aston Villa.
Jack Grealish has been linked with Manchester United in recent weeks in their quest to recruit a creative midfielder.
Scotland international John McGinn has also been on the Manchester United radar in the past few months.
Manchester United Receive Big Blow In John McGinn Pursuit
Manchester United have been dealt a big blow in their pursuit of Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn.
According to the publication from the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are not ready to entertain any offer from Manchester United or any other club for their star midfielder.
John McGinn has been attracting the interest of the Red Devils as a result of his impressive performances for Midlands club Aston Villa in the last one year.
The Scotland international was a key player for Aston Villa as they gained Premier League promotion via the English Championship playoffs.
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Aston Villa saw off Derby County in the playoff final to seal a return to the top flight after a two-year absence.
John McGinn has been able to maintain that form in the Premier League where he has scored three league goals.
The Aston Villa midfielder was linked with a £50m move to Manchester United in the summer but he chose to stay with his Midlands club.
Manchester United have been tipped to go back in to sign him when the transfer market reopens in January but Aston Villa are expected to repel any move from the Red Devils for the highly rated Scotland national team midfielder.
Why Man Utd Won’t Spend £60m On This Goalscoring Midfielder
Scotland international John McGinn is arguably the best player in Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side but that could change in January as United are very much keen on capturing the young midfielder.
Three goals from nine games, McGinn is one of the club’s leading goalscorers and the manager has revealed his readiness to block United from snatching the 25-year-old from his watch in the winter transfer window.
According to the Aston Villa manager, it’s no surprise that the midfielder’s price tag has increased [from £2.75m to £60m] since the start of the season because his performances have obviously improved to another level of greatness.
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“His value shot up from the moment he went out onto Villa Park and showed what a player he is. He has an unbelievable energy level, a big, big heart but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.
“He’s continued that form in the Premier League and his value would have certainly shot up but he’s a player who we want at Aston Villa.”
As much as nothing is impossible, I don’t see United spending such huge money on a player who hasn’t played for any top European clubs in his career.
Manchester United Told To Sign This Midfied Maestro In January
Premier League giants Manchester United have been advised to sign Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
According to former club player Alan Brazil who’s now a pundit for British radio TalkSports, John McGinn is the type of player that Manchester United need at the moment.
Alan Brazil went on to say that John McGinn has the character to lift the Old Trafford crowd.
John McGinn has been a top performer for newly promoted Premier League side Aston Villa this term.
He was part of the team that secured promotion from the English Championship vi the playoffs last season.
John McGinn has been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League since the new season started.
He was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer with a fee of around 50 million pounds mooted but nothing came out of the transfer rumors.
The Scottish international player has scored three goals and also provided one assist for Aston Villa in eight games on the Premier League scene this term.
The 24-year-old showed his quality during this international break after he scored a treble for Scotland as they beat Faroe Islands 6-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier.