Rio Ferdinand has called on Manchester United to go all out to sign Jack Grealish and admits he isn’t bothered if Paul Pogba departs Old Trafford in the summer.

While Pogba has forced his way back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans, the Frenchman’s long-term future at United remains uncertain.

Ferdinand wants Grealish at Old Trafford

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Ferdinand wants Grealish at Old Trafford

Red Devils icon Ferdinand –  who won six Premier League titles during a glittering 12-year spell at Old Trafford – isn’t bothered either way as he hailed Aston Villa and England maestro Grealish.

“I don’t care if Pogba goes or not, Grealish is my man,” Ferdinand said on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.

“I have known him since he was in his early teens. He came to my restaurant and I got him and his dad some tickets for a game.”

While Grealish has made the wrong headlines for some off-field controversies, the 25-year-old continues to star for both club and country.

Offering an insight into his relationship with the England international, Ferdinand added: “He’s a great kid with a great family. He loves his football.

“What the young kids don’t see with Jack Grealish is the hunger and hard work behind closed doors – the attention to detail and the way he trains.

“He has changed his regime and looked at himself and asked what he can do better.”

The Manchester United icon has known Grealish for many years

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The Manchester United icon has known Grealish for many years

He continued: “I have heard from a lot of people that he is diligent in all the work he does off the pitch to get to where he is now.
“You are seeing results week in and week out.

“He is one of those players that has looked at himself in the summer and thought, ‘Yes, I’ve done well last season, I’ve signed a new deal at my boyhood club, and I am going to go again’.

“If I am a manager of a top team in England, a top three or four team, then I would not allow him to stay there, I would go and take him.”


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