Former teammate backs James Maddison to sign for Manchester United

Former Leicester City teammate Danny Simpson has backed playmaker James Maddison to complete a move to Manchester United.

Maddison was linked with a move to the Reds this summer, and the latest report from the Mirror claims that a bid will be made for the 22-year-old in January.

The attacking midfielder would cost United something similar to the £80m paid for Harry Maguire this summer, but Simpson believes Maddison is worthy of playing for the Reds.

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When asked on Goals on Sunday if Maddison would join United, he said, as quoted by the Metro:

“Yeah. He, for me, is world class.”

“I think people are speaking right now but honestly I think for an English player as well, honestly he’s world class and he’s only going to get better and better.

“He’s that good, honestly. Honestly, he’s got it all. He’s quick in his mind so I think he doesn’t need to have blistering pace running past people because he’s clever and he thinks before everyone else.”

While Maddison is a player United should definitely be targeting in the coming windows, Simpson is getting a bit carried away saying he is already ‘world class’, although that’s a term used loosely around football media these days.

Maddison fits United’s current recruitment mould of young, exciting British talent and is exactly what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs in midfield.

He had a great breakthrough season in the Premier League for the Foxes last season after joining from Norwich, and has continued his excellent form under Brendan Rodgers at the start of this campaign.

Maddison is also a set-piece specialist, so could take free-kicks ahead of Marcus Rashford who remains wayward in his attempts despite consistently being backed to deliver.

At four years younger than Jesse Lingard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should surely be looking at Maddison to fill the attacking midfield role at Old Trafford.

Lingard has been underperforming for months now, and a ‘number 10’ has to be prioritised to add a creative spark which is currently lacking in midfield.

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