Rio: Man Utd must ‘ship out’ Rashford, Pogba to land £80m star

Date published: Thursday 17th June 2021 10:00 - Will Ford

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Rio Ferdinand would love to see Jack Grealish at Manchester United but claims his former side must “ship one or two boys away” to make space for the Aston Villa captain.

Grealish has consistently been linked with a move away from Villa Park, with Manchester City and United both said to be interested.

The England international would cost upwards of £80million and while Ferdinand believes he would thrive at Old Trafford, he says Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford represent a “problem” in justifying the move.

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When asked if United should sign Grealish while on the UMM YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “All day long. All day long, man.

“I don’t think Bruno Fernandes is the problem, 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.”

Grealish notched six goals and 12 assists in an injury-hit season for Villa and is currently on international duty with England at Euro 2020.

He was an unused subsitute in their opening win over Croatia, but Ferdinand says he’s looking forward to seeing Grealish in a major tournament, along with England’s other young stars.

When asked who he is most looking forward to seeing in an England shirt this summer, Ferdinand said: “I’ve already seen Kane, Rashford, (Raheem) Sterling in a tournament so it’s not any of them.

“If I could see Bellingham perform on this stage, if I could see Foden perform on this stage, if I could see Grealish perform on this stage, if I could see Sancho. Mason Mount is another one. Those are the players that are exciting me.

“Give them a platform, give them the freedom to go and perform like they did for their clubs, and let them set this tournament on fire.

“Some of the best memories within our recent history of England have been Wayne Rooney, 18 years old in the Euros, Michael Owen at a World Cup in France at 18 years old.

“Unleashing these talents to go and create havoc and surprise many people around Europe has been amazing.”


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