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Manchester United evening headlines as Grealish saga ends

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Good evening, Manchester United fans. Here are your evening headlines for Tuesday, September 15.

United never stepped up interest in Grealish

Jack Grealish signed a new five-year contract with Aston Villa today, putting to bed any lingering rumours that he might join Manchester United this summer.

MEN Sport understands Grealish was never a serious target for United in the current transfer window, owing to his price and positional switch midway through the 2019/20 season.

It is understood Grealish’s shift to left flank meant United bosses – including Ole Gunnar Solskjær – felt he would be a luxury addition rather than a necessity given the success of Marcus Rashford in the same role.

United have instead focused their attention on signing number one target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund – a right-sided winger – and successfully brought in Donny van de Beek from Ajax to play centrally.

These two targets and the impressive form of Rashford negated any need for United to snare the Aston Villa man.

Championship loan for Garner expected

Manchester United still plan to loan out James Garner this season despite two potential deals for the 19-year-old falling through this week.

Several Championship clubs are interested in the midfielder and United will carefully select which second-tier club will prove best for Garner’s development.

Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday have previously been linked with the Reds youngster, although the former signed Morgan Gibbs-White on loan from Wolves, which ended their interest.

The Swans’ Welsh rivals Cardiff City are not in the running for Garner.

Earlier this summer, Under-23s boss Neil Wood told MEN Sport a loan would seriously benefit Garner’s development.

“If they are not going to be part of the first team there is no reason to keep them playing in the U23s,” Wood said on Garner and Tahith Chong, who has since joined Werder Bremen on loan. “It wouldn’t be right for their own individual development.”

“They’re at the point now where they need to go play in the league, play in a first-team environment, playing in those games every week where they are going to be stretched and find it hard.

“The incentive is there, it is not like they’re going on loan and we are trying to find an exit strategy for them.

“They are going on loan to show how good they are, to show what they can do and to make an impact at the club they are going to be at, and hopefully come back to be a Manchester United player.”

United prepare Sancho contingency

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has met with United’s chief technical scout Mick Court to identify a stop-gap signing in the event a deal for Sancho can’t be struck.

The Sancho transfer saga has dragged on for much of the summer and looks as though it will be prolonged until the final week of the window in early October.

United are keen not to miss out on a new right winger altogether and the club are considering a short-term option akin to Bayern Munich’s decision to sign Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho on loan last season after being unable to land Leroy Sane from Manchester City.

The MEN’s Samuel Luckhurst explains more here.

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