Former Premier League manager identifies the ideal signing who can produce magic for the club like Eric Cantona

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Former Premier League manager Neil Warnock has urged the club to sign Aston Villa star player Jack Grealish.

He likened the player to United legend Eric Cantona, claiming the player has the magic to be a great signing for the club.

“I think he’d be a great acquisition for them, I think he’s made to measure,” he told talkSPORT.

“When you think about Cantona, those players who have something magical, he fits that bill as a youngster.

“I think it would be a great signing. Man United are in a situation where they should just pay the money.

“I’ve got to say, in the past even when we [Cardiff] played a game against them [Villa] in the Championship, I’ve not worried too much about Jack. We’ve man-marked him and thought he’d just give the ball away.

“But he’s matured. I think over the last 18 months or two years he has matured beyond all recognition and he’s going to get better. Because he’s a bit of a flamboyant player, managers sometimes think twice about that in a team situation, but his contribution now… He’s got everything. He just glides past people.

“When you look at the other lads in his position, the Maddisons of this world, Jack is the one who will score the goal out of nothing. He’s the one against the top teams who will turn a game on its head just by giving him the ball.

“You can’t mark him, he’s unplayable at times.”

Jack Grealish has scored nine and set up seven goals in 27 appearances across all competitions this season. The club’s stance to end their pursuit of Leicester City’s James Maddison could open the door for a move for the Villa Captain.