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Rio Ferdinand tips Man Utd to pick Jack Grealish over James Maddison in Q&A


Rio Ferdinand would rather see Jack Grealish at Manchester United this summer over Leicester ace James Maddison.

Both Premier League stars have been linked with a switch to Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to improve his squad.

Grealish has shone despite Aston Villa’s struggles this season while Maddison has helped Leicester into the Premier League top four.

And former United captain Ferdinand, 41, would rather see the Red Devils make a move for Grealish over Maddison.

In an Instagram Q&A session Ferdinand said: “Grealish or Maddison? That’s a good question. They’re both flying, both done unbelievably well over the last year.

“They’re very different players.

“Maddison is someone who can get the ball, he can pop it about.

“He gets goals, gets assists, sets up chances, he’s sharp, he gets in good positions to create things. Very good footballer. I like him.

“Grealish does all of that but he has one thing over all these players we talk about in this position for England like Dele Alli, Maddison, Mason Mount in that position, that attacking… that can play off the striker, that can play as an attacking midfielder.

“Grealish can take people on. Grealish gets the ball, he can manipulate the ball, draw players to him… draw one/two players to him leaving space for someone else.

“That’s what I like about Grealish. He’s got that bit of arrogance as well. Knows he’s a good player that’s producing. He just edges it for me.”

Grealish impressed in the 2-2 draw with United at Old Trafford earlier this season, scoring the opener.

After that performance, Solskjaer said of a possible bid: “I can’t talk too much about other teams’ players, if they’re Man United calibre or targets.

“But fantastic goal, I think he hit one of them corners I hit a couple of times. It was a great finish, but we should defend better, show him down the left. But what a goal and he played a good game.”

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