‘Think of Cantona… he fits that bill’: Neil Warnock urges Manchester United to ‘pay the money’ and sign Jack Grealish as he compares him to one of Old Trafford’s ultimate legends
- Manchester United are among the clubs keeping tabs on Jack Grealish
- The playmaker has been brilliant for Aston Villa in their fight to avoid relegation
- The Villa captain has also led Villa to the Carabao Cup final at Wembley in March
Grealish has lit up the Premier League this season in a struggling Villa team, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in the top flight. He also has led Dean Smith’s side to the Carabao Cup final on March 1 – where they will face Manchester City in the Wembley showpiece.
United are among the clubs who have been keeping tabs on the 24-year-old playmaker and Warnock believes he would fit the bill at Old Trafford – just like Cantona did during the 1990s.
Neil Warnock (right) has called on Manchester United to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish
Warnock says Grealish has the same magical presence as United legend Eric Cantona (centre)
‘Man United are in a situation where they should just pay the money shouldn’t they, now,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘I think he would be a great acquisition for them. I think he’s made-to-measure like that.
‘I don’t want you to use it sillily [sic] but you know when you think of Cantona and people like that who just have something magical.
‘He just fits that bill as a young one, doesn’t he and I think he would be a great signing.’
Warnock knows Grealish well having faced him many times before during his managerial stint at Cardiff City. And the 71-year-old is effusive in his praise for Grealish’s development over the past two years.
Warnock was speaking to talkSPORT on Wednesday on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show
‘I’ve got to say in the past when when we’ve played him I’ve not worried too much about Jack,’ he continued.
‘We’ve man-marked him and we’ve done something different and we’ve said ‘oh he will just give it away this time’.
‘But I think he has matured and in the last 18 months to two years he’s matured beyond all recognition.
‘And I think he has got better and I because he is a bit of a flamboyant player managers think twice about that in a team situation.
‘But I think now he has got everything.’
Grealish has been brilliant for Villa, scoring seven goals with five assists in the Premier League
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