Grealish is the man Villa’s promotion hopes rest upon next season

Aston Villa may have lost the Championship play-off final to Fulham but Jack Grealish’s performances this season have attracted the attention of Manchester United over a summer move, according to the Sun. 

What’s the story, then?

Jose Mourinho is not known as a manager who plans for the long-term but the Sun report that he has his eye on Grealish with a look to the future at Old Trafford.

The report claims that Grealish’s bursts from central midfield have impressed the former Real Madrid manager and that he wants to get deals done quickly this summer.

Grealish is Villa’s big hope

Fulham showed on Saturday that they are everything Villa are not right now; young, hungry and packed with technical quality.

Villa have tried to assemble a promotion-winning team on the fly, while battling with debts, and having experienced players such as Micah Richards on big money that they cannot shift doesn’t help at all.

Bruce leaned on the experience of John Terry and Glenn Whelan this season and while their professionalism appears to have motivated Grealish to move on to new heights, they are the past and he is Villa’s future.

He is the darling of the Holte End and it is only by adding similar players that Villa will progress; Steve Bruce shoudl flog the high-earners to balance the books and ease the debts but keep Grealish at all costs.