Andy Cole doesn’t think Manchester United need to bring in Jack Grealish despite Rio Ferdinand’s passionate plea.
The former England and United defender has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to recruit the Aston Villa star, whether Paul Pogba leaves or not.
Grealish is having a fine season at Villa Park, having scored six goals and set up a further nine in 16 appearances.
United were linked with bringing the 25-year-old in last summer but Aston Villa priced them out of a move.
Donny van de Beek was brought in instead but the Dutchman has struggled for game time, making just 20 appearances with half of those from the bench.
And Ferdinand believes Grealish is a necessary signing at Old Trafford.
“I don’t care if [Paul] Pogba goes or not, Grealish is my man,” Ferdinand said on 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.”
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.”
But treble winner and 1999 legend Andy Cole isn’t so sure.
“I think Grealish is a super player,” he said on talkSPORT. “I’m not going to sit here and say anything different.
“But I’m looking at Manchester United’s midfield at the moment, where would you play him?
“You look at Bruno [Fernandes], the performances he’s putting in; that’s the position [Grealish] likes to play in.
“If you put him off the left, [Marcus] Rashford plays there… so where would you play him again?
“But I’m a mere mortal when it comes to things like this. I’m like everybody else from the outside looking in.”