Rio Ferdinand is dreaming of Man Utd midfield that includes Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish amid links to Old Trafford.
Grealish got an assist for Villa’s equaliser as the Red Devils beat Dean Smith’s side 2-1 at Old Trafford on Friday night to move level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.
There were rumours in the summer that Man Utd wanted Grealish and links have persisted that they could make a move for him in the next two transfer windows.
And Ferdinand is urging Man Utd to invest in the midfielder, who has him “licking his lips”.
“I don’t care if Pogba goes or not, Grealish is my man!” Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel.
“I’ve known this guy since he was in his early teens. He came to my restaurant in Manchester actually to watch a game and I got him some tickets. Great kid, great family. Loves his football. What you don’t see is the hard work behind closed doors, the attention to detail, the way he trains and changed his regime.
“He’s looked at himself and what can I do better? I’ve heard from a lot of people that’s he’s diligent with everything he does off the pitch to where he’s now. We’re seeing results week in, week out now.
“The numbers tell you he’s starting to think about things. I think he’s looked at himself in the summer and thought, I did well last season, I’ve signed a new deal at the club I love, and now I’m going to go again. There’s been a huge improvement in the numbers.
“Good players will find a way, they will work it out. Can you imagine if you had McTominay holding and Pogba alongside Grealish and Fernandes. Imagine that man! I’m licking my lips right now.
“Listen, he’s an Aston Villa player. If I’m a manager of a top, top team in England, I don’t allow him to stay there anymore, I take him!”