PREMIER - Grealish confirms he nearly signed for United
In the summer of 2020, Jack Grealish revealed that he was "very close" to joining Manchester United.
United made a strong push to recruit Grealish, but the Englishman ultimately agreed to a contract extension with Aston Villa.
Grealish was eventually sold to Manchester City for £100 million last summer.
Grealish told The Telegraph about United's efforts to reach an agreement:
"I was really close to going, but nothing happened in the end.
"We played United in a pre-season game on Saturday and I wasn't supposed to play in a cup game at Burton. But after the United game I said to [Christian] Purslow and my agent 'if I'm not leaving, I'll sign my new contract'.
"I went in with my dog on Tuesday morning, signed the deal, and played later that day. We all agreed on the clause and if any team hit that, it's a win-win because it means I've had an unbelievable season and Villa got £100 million."