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Rio Ferdinand Reveals How Jack Grealish Fits Into His Dream Manchester United Line-Up

Rio Ferdinand Reveals How Jack Grealish Fits Into His Dream Manchester United Line-Up

Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to sign Jack Grealish at any cost - and revealed who he'd leave out of United's attack to make room.

The club were linked with Aston Villa midfielder Grealish last summer but no official bid was ever announced and Villa kept hold of their captain - who's been in sparkling form this season.

But Ferdinand believes the 25-year-old would be the perfect addition to the attacking riches Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already, as the former defender denied that would mean a surplus of talent at Old Trafford.

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"Good players find a way to play together, they figure it out," Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel.

"Can you imagine that team, if you had Scott McTominay holding, Pogba alongside him, maybe a bit higher, Bruno [Fernandes] in the 10, Grealish on the left, Rashford up top and Greenwood on the right?

"Imagine that, I'm licking my lips right now."

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Eagle-eyed fans will notice that Ferdinand's dream front six offers no space for Anthony Martial, the French striker who's finally found some form this season after struggling early on.

There's also no spot for Donny van de Beek, the midfielder United did sign last summer (for £35 million from Ajax) but who's struggled to break into the first team. But it's the absence of Martial - United's often frustrating but undoubtedly gifted No 9 - that stands out.

However Ferdinand is adamant that the club must focus their attention on Grealish, no matter what the future holds for World Cup winner Pogba, who's been linked with a move away.

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"I don't care if Pogba goes or not, Grealish is my man!' Ferdinand added, per the Daily Mail, expanding on his bond with the current Villa captain.

"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 [asked] 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.

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"We're seeing results week in, week out now... There's been a huge improvement in the numbers."

Grealish has six goals and nine assists in all competitions this season. He put in a superb display against Manchester United at the start of January, continually tormenting the home side in Aston Villa's 2-1 defeat.

Should United go all out to sign Grealish as Ferdinand suggests? Let us know in the comments.

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All imagery: PA Images/FIVE YouTube

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Jack Grealish, Premier League, Rio Ferdinand

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Alex Reid is a writer at SPORTbible who’s previously strung words together for FourFourTwo, Boxing News, The Guardian and, yes, Cruise International (it’s about big ships, not Tom). Interests range from football and boxing to real sports like WWE and darts. He is not a cage fighter.