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Man Utd target Jack Grealish ‘certainly’ good enough for ‘any of the big clubs’, says former Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill

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Jack Grealish ‘certainly’ has the ability to play for Manchester United and ‘any of the big clubs’.

That’s the view of former Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill who thinks there’s ‘no question’ he has the natural talent to thrive at the highest level.

His form this season – Grealish has scored seven goals and provided six assists for his relegation-threatened boyhood club – has seen him linked with an £80million move to Old Trafford.

And while O’Neill, the former Celtic, Leicester and Republic of Ireland boss, was cagey over whether he would be the ideal fit for United, he is adamant that his talent is not in doubt.

He told Stats Perform News, ‘On Grealish’s future, that’s difficult to say. He’s a big fans’ favourite and Villa is his football club as well.

‘Are you saying, “Does he have the ability to play for Manchester United?” Certainly, the natural talent to play for any of the big clubs – there’s no question about that.

O’Neill is aware of Grealish’s great natural talent (Picture: Getty)

‘I just don’t know enough and I’m in no position to make that judgement.’

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O’Neill also expressed his surprise that his former club, who are sat in 19th place, have struggled so much on their return to the Premier League.

‘My own view was that they had a super end to the Championship season, they were the best team in it by a long distance, I felt,’ he added.

‘I honestly thought that they wouldn’t have too much difficulty in staying up. They’ve put some money in, a lot of money in, some people say between 130 and 150 million pounds.

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‘So, I didn’t expect them to struggle at all this season. I expected it to be difficult, but not to struggle.

‘I met Jack Grealish a number of years ago when we wanted him to play for the Republic of Ireland and he chose to play with England, no problem with that whatsoever – his father is English and he had played underage football for the Republic of Ireland, he made that decision and that’s absolutely fine.

‘He’s very strong; he’s much stronger than he was five years ago, a quality player, hard to rob.

‘You would hope that, at the end, Villa would have enough to pull themselves around and see it through. Of course, if you’re depending on one player, which they have been over the past couple of months, that can cause a problem.’

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