Rio Ferdinand urges Man United to make Jack Grealish a priority signing

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Jack Grealish has seen his reputation elevate after another impressive season in the top flight


Rio Ferdinand urges Manchester United to sign Jack Grealish to build a dream front six at Old Trafford with the Aston Villa man in the same side as wantaway Paul Pogba… but there’s NO ROOM for Anthony Martial in his planned line-up

  • Rio Ferdinand feels Jack Grealish should be Manchester United’s next signing
  • The ex-United defender believes Grealish can tandem with Bruno Fernandes
  • Question marks over the future of Paul Pogba could open a spot in the midfield 
  • Ferdinand found no room for Anthony Martial in his dream front six at United 

Rio Ferdinand has called on Manchester United to make Jack Grealish a priority signing – even if Paul Pogba stays at the club beyond next summer – as he outlined his dream front six for his old side. 

Grealish has been a long-term midfield target for United and has seen his value rocket again this season after Aston Villa‘s impressive start to the 2020-21 campaign.

While 25-year-old Grealish would slot straight into United’s team in Ferdinand’s eyes, his dream front six at Old Trafford has no room for striker Anthony Martial.  

Bruno Fernandes is Manchester United's main man and Rio Ferdinand feels he would fit with Grealish

Jack Grealish (left) would be a perfect partner for Bruno Fernandes (right), says Rio Ferdinand

The former Manchester United defender wants Grealish to form his dream front six at United

The former Manchester United defender wants Grealish to form his dream front six at United

Grealish signed a new five-year deal after an exit from Villa Park failed to materialise last summer and so it could take £100million to prise him away. United were thought to be ready to pay around £60m last summer.

The 25-year-old is a ‘great kid’ from Ferdinand’s experience and the former United defender believes he would dovetail smartly alongside Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford. But should he arrive, it would be Martial who is the fall guy. 

‘Good players will find a way, they will work it out,’ Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel

‘Can you imagine that team, if you had Scott McTominay holding, (Paul) Pogba alongside him, maybe a bit higher, Bruno (Fernandes) in the 10, Grealish on the left, (Marcus) Rashford up top and (Mason) Greenwood on the right? Imagine that, I’m licking my lips right now.’  

There was no room for Anthony Martial (right) in Ferdinand's selected front six at United

There was no room for Anthony Martial (right) in Ferdinand’s selected front six at United

Ferdinand feels United should go for Grealish (right) even if Paul Pogba (left) stays at the club

Ferdinand feels United should go for Grealish (right) even if Paul Pogba (left) stays at the club

Ferdinand would push Rashford into a central role, typically favoured by Martial, and would slot Grealish in down the left, which would deem the Frenchman surplus to requirements.  

Much has been made of Pogba’s long-term future after his agent, Mino Raiola, said in December that the Frenchman is ‘unhappy’ and he needs to change team.

For Ferdinand, Grealish represents a generational talent that United must pursue even if Pogba elects to remain at the club and fight for a spot.  

‘I don’t care if Pogba goes or not, Grealish is my man!’ Ferdinand added.

‘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. 

Marcus Rashford would be played through the middle if Ferdinand had his way

Mason Greenwood would play down the right with Grealish out on the left

With Grealish, Ferdinand wants Marcus Rashford (left) and Mason Greenwood (right) in attack

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) is an admirer of Grealish (left) and could move for him this year

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) is an admirer of Grealish (left) and could move for him this year

‘He’s looked at himself and (asked) 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.’ 

Grealish has made a bright start to the season with six goals and nine assists already.

In Villa’s narrow 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford recently, Grealish proved a bright spark and will have only boosted his reputation in the eyes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff. 

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