Aston Villa take on Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday but the home side will be without playmaker Jack Grealish.
Jack Grealish has been on the sidelines for some time now and manager Dean Smith has made it clear that the England international will not be available for selection on Sunday since he’s just stepped out for training.
Smith said in his press conference: “He’s out on the grass loading the injury, so he’s on his way back.
“This game is too soon for him. He starts training with the group tomorrow, so it’s too soon to put him in against Manchester United. As I’ve said many times, we want him back as soon as possible, but we’ve got to do it right.”
Jack Grealish is without a doubt the most influential player for Smith and without him, Aston Villa look a very average side at the moment. And this has led many to believe that Manchester United could have a merry time on the pitch at Villa Park.
Solskjaer though has made it clear that Aston Villa are very much a threat, even without Grealish and since his side have just played a Thursday night game, the manager is not ready to take Sunday’s game any lightly.
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The manager said in his pre-match press conference: “I think they’re a very good team, you saw them last week beat Everton.
“They’ve had a very good season, they had a little spell with some worse results but we played them in a pre-season friendly before this season, and lost. We won a hard-fought game 2-1 at Old Trafford, we know it’s going to be tough but we’re looking forward to it.
“You know the energy that we used tonight will probably be filled up twice because of getting to a final. I think we’ll recover, refuel. We’re looking forward to this game, the players are looking forward to it, they know it’s a big game for us.”
Aston Villa’s form has dipped without Jack Grealish in their side and they go into this game having won just two of their previous five league matches.
Right now, Villa are 11th on the league table and even a draw can help his side move into the top-half of the table. And we think this is the sole reason why Dean Smith is not likely to try anything extravagant on Sunday, especially without his talisman.