Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given believes Jack Grealish would excel as a No10 at Manchester United.
However, Given warned that his ex-teammate may have to settle for a place on the bench due to the Red Devils’ depth in that position.
Grealish is linked with an £80million transfer to Old Trafford this summer, which could be made more likely if Villa – currently 19th in the league – are relegated to the Championship.
The Villa skipper has been used in a variety of midfield and forward roles by manager Dean Smith this season, but Given feels Grealish will face stiff competition for his preferred role from January star signing Bruno Fernandes.
Asked where Grealish would fit into United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, Given told told Stadium Astro : “That’s the question.
“We talk about Fernandes and the impact he’s had, you couldn’t pick 11 United players and not have him in the team, that’s how good he’s been. Where would Jack play? Maybe off the left or off the right.
“But I think Jack’s strongest position is as a No 10. Even [ Liverpool boss] Jurgen Klopp has said that about Jack’s qualities, that’s where he seems his best position.
“But Fernandes is in that position as well and Pogba can also play that position. They’ve got a number of players who can play there.
“But if they’re back in the Champions League then there’s so many games and so many players will be needed for so many games at the top level.
“Fernandes is a young enough player as well but I don’t think he can play every single game. Maybe Ole’s looking at rotating the squad a bit and getting Jack into the team.
“We don’t know for definite if it’s going to happen but my understanding is that I think it might happen because there’s so much talk about it.
“I think he would fit into the team. The position? I can’t tell you that because he’s got so many options now, Solskjaer, going forward.”
Given also commented on how likely he feels Grealish’s move to United is to go through. The former Republic of Ireland international added: “There’s so much press and media about Jack joining, there’s no smoke without fire.
“There must be something in the pipeline that he could be joining United. I’ve no clue where the fee’s going to be but I do think he’s good enough to play for a club like United. He wouldn’t look out of place in that team.”
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