Aston Villa: Will Grealish stay or go in January?
Manchester United legend Andy Cole has questioned where Jack Grealish would play if he were to sign for the Red Devils. Grealish continues to be linked with a move away from Aston Villa following a fine first half of the season under Dean Smith. The 25-year-old’s performances for club and country have led to rumours Manchester City are also interested in signing him.
Cole has no doubt about Grealish’s quality after recording 12 goal contributions on 15 Premier League appearances this season.
However, the former striker is not sure where the Villa captain would fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
“I think Grealish is a super player. I’m not going to sit here and say anything different,” Cole told talkSPORT.
“But I’m looking at Manchester United’s midfield at the moment, where would you play him?
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“You look at Bruno [Fernandes], the performances he’s putting in; that’s the position [Grealish] likes to play in.
“If you put him off the left, [Marcus] Rashford plays there… so where would you play him again?
“But I’m a mere mortal when it comes to things like this. I’m like everybody else from the outside looking in.”
Reports this week claimed United would only pursue a deal for Grealish if they sold Paul Pogba this summer.
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Pogba’s contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of next season, so United could choose to cash in on the midfielder.
Former Red Devils defender Rio Ferdinand doesn’t mind if Pogba leaves and is replaced by Grealish.
“I don’t care if [Paul] Pogba goes or not, Grealish is my man,” Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel.
“I have known him since he was in his early teens. He came to my restaurant and I got him and his dad some tickets for a game.
“He’s a great kid with a great family. He loves his football.
“What the young kids don’t see with Jack Grealish is the hunger and hard work behind closed doors – the attention to detail and the way he trains.
“He has changed his regime and looked at himself and asked what he can do better.”
However, Ferdinand’s former United team-mate Gary Neville stated earlier this month he has doubts over a potential deal for Grealish.
Neville said on Sky Sports: “I think it’s very unlikely United will go for Jack Grealish as good as he is.
“You think of Van de Beek, Pogba, Fernandes, the type of players they have.”
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