Jack’s the lad to be new Can­tona, claims Warnock

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By RICHARD FAY

UNITED have been urged to sign Jack Gre­al­ish in the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow be­cause he could be ‘like a new Eric Can­tona’ for the club.

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer is ea­ger to con­tinue his re­build at Old Traf­ford by sign­ing young, home­grown play­ers with po­ten­tial, with M.E.N. Sport un­der­stand­ing Le­ices­ter star James Mad­di­son re­mains their priority trans­fer tar­get.

Gre­al­ish has en­joyed a fine start to the sea­son, con­tribut­ing eight goals and six as­sists while cap­tain­ing his boy­hood club on their re­turn to the top-flight.

For­mer Cardiff man­ager Neil Warnock ad­mits he ‘loves’ the 24-year-old and thinks a move to Old Traf­ford should be con­sid­ered if Villa were to go down.

Not only that, but the vet­eran man­ager be­lieves Gre­al­ish pos­sesses sim­i­lar traits to those of United le­gend Can­tona.

“I do love him!,” Warnock said. “I do think he’s a hor­ri­ble lit­tle so-and-so, be­cause you just know if some­one breathes on him, he’s go­ing down.

“But his abil­ity is fan­tas­tic and he has got bet­ter.

“But his abil­ity is fan­tas­tic. He has got bet­ter. You talk about Manch­ester United again... if Villa go down I think he’s quite good enough to be a Man United player.

“With the right two play­ers be­hind him, the qual­ity be­hind him... Mad­di­son is the more com­plete player of the two re­gard­ing box-to-box, I think Jack just gives you that lit­tle bit more spe­cial magic in that fi­nal third.

“That’s what I say about Manch­ester United, he’s that kind of player you know like a Can­tona played for Man United, I think he’ll strut his busi­ness.

“He goes past you, he’s got all the tricks in the trade. And he sees a pass as well, you know, he can play it sim­ple.”

Speak­ing ear­lier in the month Villa man­ager Dean Smith warned sides in­ter­ested in sign­ing Gre­al­ish that they can look but can’t touch amid the grow­ing spec­u­la­tion.

“I think he’s a big tar­get for many teams and you can see why,” he said.

“He’s hav­ing his record sea­son goal scor­ing sea­son, he’s a top player and I’ve waxed lyrical about him very of­ten but as I’ve said be­fore, our own­ers are very am­bi­tious about es­tab­lish­ing us as a top Premier League foot­ball club and to do that you have to keep your best play­ers.

“We will be keep­ing hold of Jack Gre­al­ish and peo­ple can keep look­ing, but they can’t touch.”

As­ton Villa mid­fielder Jack Gre­al­ish

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