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Manchester United reportedly opted not to pursue a deal for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish because they were uncertain over where to play him.
Grealish was among United summer transfer targets but never pushed for a deal and the attacking midfielder went on to sign a new contract with his boyhood club.
And in the early stages of this season, Grealish has been among the most impressive performers as Villa sit in sixth position in the Premier League table.
On Sunday, Grealish was unplayable at the Emirates Stadium as he ran the show for Villa against a below-par Arsenal side.
It was a performance that once again raised questions about his future and according to the Manchester Evening News, United were unwilling to pay Villa's £80million asking price in the summer.
And it is a decision United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be regretting given his outstanding form.
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Grealish has linked up with the England national team ahead of games against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.
But former Three Lions midfielder Danny Murphy is unsure if Grealish will break into Gareth Southgate starting XI on a permanent basis.
"Jack’s not even in the team yet, he is playing his way in," Murphy said.
"The problem is with Jack is fitting into the way England set up and the treatment that Gareth gives his players is he is loyal.
"He is more favourable to the players who have been with him in the last couple of years. It takes a lot to oust a player in the England team at moment – you see that with the goalkeeping situation for example.
"Our most talented players are in attacking areas so it’s difficult for Jack at the moment. But the way he is playing you could argue there comes a point where he has got to get him in."
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