Ince: I bet Man Utd regret not signing Grealish

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Paul Ince is convinced Manchester United are regretting failing not to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.

Grealish has earned huge plaudits for his blistering start to the season with Aston Villa and is becoming an increasingly influential member of the England team after shining against Belgium last week and starting the 4-0 win over Iceland on Wednesday.

Speaking on the Gary Newbon Sports show on Punching.TV, the ex-United star said of the comparisons: "I don't like it when people parallel you with someone else but I know people will. I know Bryan Robson said something the other day about Gazza and Jack Grealish, I mean Jack has done well and to be fair he has been brilliant for Villa.

"When Villa nearly went down last season I thought he was going to move on to another club, I know Tottenham were keen to take him and Manchester United. I bet they wish they took him now because he's been absolutely sensational.

"Jack's his own player, he's grown into his game, the way he carries the ball, he's got great balance. Does it remind me of Gazza? Yes and no, I wouldn't like to compare the two.

"You're right that Jack's got a long way to go but he certainly looks that type of player, the way he sets people up and he's got two good feet and he's got great balance and a great touch but he's got a long way to go before we start connecting him with Paul Gascoigne that's for sure.

"Gazza could control a game and dictate a game. He would play a game at his own pace and he would decide whether to be in gear one, two, three, four or five and I think you do see that with Jack Grealish at times, he will decide when he needs to step up a gear and he will be get better as he gets older.

"But the thing is with Gazza, people would man mark him or double mark him and it wouldn't be a problem. Eventually people will look at Jack Grealish and see him as a threat in the England team and it's how he deals with that."