Aston Villa star Jack Grealish and Manchester United icon Roy Keane do not have much in common. They are two different players, in two different positions. But what they share are excellent leadership skills. And with the Red Devils looking to sign Grealish this summer, the 24-year-old could end up being a replacement for Keane – of sorts.
Grealish is a colorful character. He has attracted his share of controversy over the years, with scandals following him throughout his career.
In 2015, the young man was spotted on the streets of Tenerife after a night out. He was forced to apologize for his actions to then Villa manager Tim Sherwood.
Less than a year later, there were allegations that he was using hilarious gas or "hippy crack". Although the substance is not illegal, it was another unpleasant episode for the player.
And then, just last month, Grealish undoubtedly did the worst thing you can do in the UK right now: leave the house.
He attended a small meeting at a companion's house and the Villa captain later apologized on his social media account, asking fans to stay safe and stay home to protect the NHS.
But while all of these incidents are not pleasant, that did not stop United from continuing with a transfer agreement with Grealish before the summer window.
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In many ways, he could be the modern day Keane.
He was another who raised the bar. When he signed, it had a huge impact on United's locker room.
He was also no stranger to the controversy.
Nowadays, if a player did what Keane did to Alf-Inge Haaland in 2001, he would be facing a fight to stay at the club.
But United defended the Republic of Ireland international because, again, they felt he brought more good things than good.
Solskjaer can seem all smiles to the natural observer and to ordinary football fans.
But behind the scenes he is relentless. He is willing to do anything to win in order to take United back to the top and where they used to be.
This may involve signing a character like Grealish. Someone who can make headlines for the right reasons, rather than the wrong ones.
Previous episodes should not be overlooked. Everyone makes mistakes.
And that is Solskjaer's view. He is willing to forgive and forget to take the ace to Old Trafford. Grealish could then do what Keane did at the club – take them to new heights.