Jack Grealish makes Aston Villa joke as Man City’s title destiny to be settled next week

The winger will face his old team at the Etihad on the final day of the season, where three points will secure the title for Manchester City.

<p>Jack Grealish could win the title next week against Aston Villa. Credit: Getty.</p>

Jack Grealish could win the title next week against Aston Villa. Credit: Getty.

Jack Grealish joked that Manchester City’s potential title decider ‘just had be against Aston Villa’, following the 2-2 draw with West Ham United on Sunday.

The champions came from two goals behind to grab a huge point at the London Stadium, with Grealish’s strike and an own-goal from Vladimir Coufal ensured City snatched a draw.

It leaves City four points clear at the top of the table, although Liverpool could reduce that during the week when they face Southampton.

Grealish netted just after the break at the London Stadium. Credit: Getty.

Assuming Jurgen Klopp’s men avoid defeat at St Mary’s on Tuesday night, the title will be decided on the final day of the season when City play Villa at the same time as Liverpool host Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It means Grealish, who left the Villans last summer, could win the title against his boyhood club next Sunday.

“I can’t wait. It’s going to be a great day,” the 26-year-old told Sky Sports after the draw with West Ham.

Grealish, a boyhood Villa fan, came through the club’s youth system and went onto captain the side.

“It just had to be against Aston Villa, didn’t it? It couldn’t have been any other game,” he added with a chuckle.

“But that doesn’t matter. It’s not about me; it doesn’t matter who we play against. It’s about the team and about the club. We’re going to go out there and try and get all three points.

“It’s going to be different for me, I’ve never had that before, I’ve never had a game on the last day to win a title. I’m looking forward to it.”

A timely return to goalscoring

Grealish’s 49th minute goal against the Hammers managed to turn the tide of the game, with City dominating after the strike deflected into the net off Craig Dawson.

It was just the third league goal the England international has netted this term, and a first since December, a fact which clearly isn’t lost on the winger.

“It’s about time, wasn’t it?” Grealish joked. “The manager said to me at half-time to keep getting in the box, hit the target.

“I’ve hit the target and it’s managed to go in, it’s deflected. I’ve managed to score quite a few goals at this ground now. Hopefully I can start playing here more often.”