news: explains why he wants Jack Grealish deal over James Maddison

Manchester United should sign Jack Grealish ahead of James Maddison, according to former Red Devils centre-back Rio Ferdinand. Both Aston Villa captain Grealish and Leicester midfielder Maddison are linked with summer moves to Old Trafford.

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Grealish has enjoyed a fine first season back in the Premier League with struggling Villa, whereas Maddison has been instrumental for a Leicester side who look destined to finish in the Premier League top four once the season resumes.

Ferdinand is a fan of both players and wants to see them teaming up at international level with England.

But he believes Grealish would give more to the current United team than Maddison would.

"Oh good question, would you want Grealish or Maddison at Man United?” Ferdinand said on Instagram Live.

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Man Utd news: Rio Ferdinand would prefer Jack Grealish over James Maddison at Manchester United (Image: GETTY/RIO FERDINAND INSTAGRAM)

"Oh they're very different, Maddison's a great passer, sets up great goals, great from set-pieces, good mover, gets his shots off, assists well as well.

"The difference with Grealish, he does all of that but he can dribble, he can manipulate, he can drag people to him, he can bring two or three players to him which gives someone else space.

"And I think in a big team, when you've got a player who can manipulate and unease the opposing players and defenders by dragging them out because they know what he's capable of, the space that gives others it just opens the game up man.

"For that reason, that's why I'd probably veer towards Grealish if I'm honest.


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"I think for England as well, it would be nice to get them both in, but if I had to pick one of the two for England, I'd probably go for Grealish."

Meanwhile, Ferdinand reckons Timo Werner would improve both United and Chelsea if the German does not end up at Liverpool.

Ferdinand added: “As well as [Divock] Origi's done, the Champions League exploits, I still don't think he's really... I'd want more than that if I was Liverpool.

"I think Timo Werner would go in there and think, if I was him I'd think 'I don't think [Mohamed] Salah's going to stay here for that much longer, [Sadio] Mane might get bought out of here as well, so I'll get my chance that way but also I think there's enough games in a season to get games and when I get them I make an impact and try and push my way in'.


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"But there's other clubs, Chelsea I think are interested it's being reported, he would be massive for Chelsea, an unbelievable signing for Chelsea.

"But we have to see, I think United would go for him as well, I think he would be great for Manchester United, definitely.

"Another one added to that group of players that they've got, some great players they've got up front."