Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is a massive Jack Grealish fan and would love to see the Aston Villa captain move to Old Trafford. However, despite the exciting prospect of seeing one of England’s most talented attackers turn out in red, Ferdinand has hinted that one of two current stars must be sacrificed in order to secure the 25-year-old.
Ferdinand, who spoke exclusively to UMM’s YouTube channel, once again reaffirmed his admiration for Grealish.
Currently away on international duty with Gareth Southgate’s England, Grealish is expected to play an important role in the Three Lions’ summer Euros campaign.
Widely regarded as one of the country’s most gifted attackers since the days of Paul Gascoigne, Grealish offers any side an extra dimension.
Having featured in 213 matches, in all competitions for Villa, the English midfielder has gone on to rack up an impressive 75 direct goal contributions and Ferdinand believes these kinds of numbers would be a welcomed addition at United.
When asked if he’d like to see his old club side sign Grealish, Ferdinand said: “All day long. All day long, man.”
However, acknowledging that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already has several options in the same position as Grealish, Ferdinand has suggested that either Marcus Rashford or Paul Pogba would have to make way in order for the club to land the Villa skipper.
“I don’t think Bruno Fernandes is the problem,” Ferdinand admitted. “You’ve got Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba that are both playing on the left and that’s where Jack plays.
“His best position is on the left, and his next best position is No 10. They’re the positions where our most influential players are right now. So I think it’s difficult to see him at Manchester United right now.
“If he leaves Villa, I just don’t think it’ll be to Manchester United, unless they ship one or two of those boys away. I see it as a difficult deal to be done for Man United.”