Manchester United signing both Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho this summer could cause problems for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says former Arsenal star Paul Merson. United are keen on Aston Villa midfielder Grealish and Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho. But Merson believes signing the duo could cause congestion in the squad, especially after the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January.
Fernandes joined United from Sporting Lisbon in January and has impressed in the No 10 role during his first few weeks at the club.
And Merson therefore doubts whether both Grealish and Sancho would get into the United starting XI, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial also vying for attacking roles.
“I could see Grealish [at United] all day long,” the pundit said on The Debate.
“They’ve got to be careful though, Man United, of not just going ‘Right, we’ll go and get Grealish, we’ll go and get Sancho’, and then you bring them in and start thinking ‘Where’s everybody going to play? I’ve got Martial, I’ve got Rashford, I’ve got Bruno Fernandes’ and you’ve got to get them all in the team.
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“So for me they’ve got to be careful how they do it, you don’t want to get to a situation where you buy all the best players and there’s no room for all of them.”
Meanwhile, former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara says Grealish is ready for a move to United.
“I can see Grealish at Man United for me,” O’Hara said.
“I think watching him in that cup final on Sunday, he’s grown into a top-class football player now. His touch in tight areas, he’s not afraid to take on a team like Man City, he won’t go missing, he’ll stand up and be counted.
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“And I think if you look at a player like him, Man United, I’d like to see Aston Villa stay up, I think they’ll still go for him.”
And former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley can also see Grealish at Old Trafford this summer.
“He can do a little bit of everything, he’s got a bit of creative-ness about him as well, he can see a pass,” Burley told ESPN FC.
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“United are in the hunt for players like that, they were looking at Jadon Sancho, a few others who are a bit younger.
“I think it’s a big possibility, and I think he’ll go.
“I think he does a little bit of everything, he tracks back, makes tackles, he’s bulked up a bit, he’s a strong boy and he’s young.”
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