Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to strengthen his squad in the summer transfer window and the Norweigan has been urged to prioritise signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa over Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, because of Bruno Fernandes.
That is the opinion of former United midfielder Jonathan Greening, who played alongside Solskjaer for the Red Devils, before going on to have spells at several other clubs, including Middlesbrough and West Brom.
Both Grealish and Maddison have been linked with United this summer, as Solskjaer plans to continue the overhaul of his squad.
Maddison is having a great season for the Foxes under boss Brendan Rodgers and his nine goals and three assists have been important in helping the club reach third in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Grealish is also putting in impressive performances despite being in the midst of a relegation battle with his boyhood club.
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Villa are currently 19th in the table and two points from safety, but Grealish has still managed to score nine goals and provide eight assists in 31 appearances in all competitions.
And while Greening is a fan of both players, he thinks his former club should prioritise signing Grealish as he thinks Maddison is too similar to Fernandes.
“Over the past few months, there’s been talk of Grealish coming or Maddison coming,” Greening told the Metro.
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“I actually feel I would prefer Jack Grealish.
“Maddison is a very good player, super technical, he can create, great passing both short and long, and great on set plays.
“Jack Grealish, however, has that little bit of difference, he can take players on, he can drive forwards with the ball, and slide that pass through.
“He’s got that bit of grit and determination; and doesn’t like losing, you can see that in his game.”
Maddison joined Leicester from Norwich City for an initial fee of £21m in 2018 and while his current contract is set to expire in 2023, the Foxes are keen on seeing the player commit to a new deal.
However, Grealish, whose contract also expires in 2023, has been tipped to leave Villa Park, regardless of whether the club maintains its Premier League status.
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United signed Fernandes in the January window for an initial fee of £47m and the playmaker has made an instant impact on and off the field.
The Portuguese star has required little time to adjust to life in the Premier League and the 25-year-old already has three goals and four assists in just nine games.
Greening thinks Fernandes’ style of play is too similar to Maddison, who both play in central midfield.
Instead, the former United player thinks Grealish, who has been utilised as a winger, but who can also play as an attacking midfielder, would be better suited for United.
“Maddison is also maybe a bit too similar to Fernandes,” Greening added.
“Whereas Jack Grealish will bring in something different, he can find pockets of space, he can drive at opponents and take on 2-3 players in one movement.
“He’d be a better player at United with the current squad than Maddison would be for me.”
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