Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, having been linked with the midfielder for the past year.
Grealish introduced himself to the Premier League for real when he scored at Old Trafford last season and has impressed since then. His performances earned him a new bumper deal at his club, which could make a potential deal even more difficult.
Since an initial interest was reported, the Englishman has been called up to the last two England camps.
But Rio Ferdinand is convinced that despite United’s plethora of attacking options, there is space for Jack Grealish.
“I don’t care if Pogba goes or not, Grealish is my man,” Ferdinand said.
“I’ve known this guy since he was in his early teens. He came to my restaurant in Manchester actually to watch a game and I got him some tickets. Great kid, great family. Loves his football. What you don’t see is the hard work behind closed doors, the attention to detail, the way he trains and changed his regime.
“He’s looked at himself and what can I do better? I’ve heard from a lot of people that’s he’s diligent with everything he does off the pitch to where he’s now. We’re seeing results week in, week out now.
“The numbers tell you he’s starting to think about things. I think he’s looked at himself in the summer and thought, I did well last season, I’ve signed a new deal at the club I love, and now I’m going to go again. There’s been a huge improvement in the numbers.
“Good players will find a way, they will work it out. Can you imagine if you had McTominay holding and Pogba alongside Grealish and Fernandes. Imagine that man! I’m licking my lips right now.
“Listen, he’s an Aston Villa player. If I’m a manger of a top, top team in England, I don’t allow him to stay there anymore, I take him!”