MANCHESTER UNITED could have lined up with a staggeringly-talented front three had they managed to sign Jack Grealish.
Over the weekend, the England midfielder, 26, revealed how close he was to joining the Red Devils.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was chasing Grealish to bolster his attacking ranks, with the man himself keen to move.
The transfer failed to materialise though, with Grealish instead signing a new contract at Aston Villa.
Just 12 months later, the Three Lions whiz completed a £100million move to United's neighbours, Manchester City.
And for Old Trafford chiefs, it may prove to be a costly transfer miss.
After all, they could have lined up with Grealish, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.
The left winger role is something of a problem area for United.
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The club have plenty of options, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba all playing there at times in recent seasons.
And while Grealish is versatile enough to play in the heart of midfield or in the No10 role, his natural position does appear to be that problem left flank.
Worse yet, the England man recently confessed he'd find life at Man City tougher than expected.
Both he and Raheem Sterling have shared minutes in the position, with neither able to nail down the position for their own.
At the weekend, Grealish opened up about his failed United move of 2020, telling the Telegraph: "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 [David Manasseh]‘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 £100m."
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