Former boss explains why £80m-rated Leicester star is perfect for Man Utd

Date published: Tuesday 14th April 2020 7:46 - Robert McCarthy

Leicester midfielder James Maddison is more than good enough to play for Manchester United, according to one of his former bosses.

Maddison has taken his game to another level since joining the Foxes from Norwich City in 2018, helping Brendan Rodgers’ men climb to third in the Premier League table before the season was suspended.

The 23-year-old’s consistent displays also earned him a call-up to the England squad last year and Maddison made his international debut in the 7-0 win over Montenegro.

Maddison has emerged as a major target for the Red Devils, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed to be keen on bringing him to Old Trafford this summer in a deal that could be worth as much as £80million.

And Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, who managed Maddison during his loan spell in Scotland during the 2016-17 season, believes the attacking midfielder could play for ‘any of the big clubs in England’.

He told Press and Journal, via Metro: “I always thought James was the best technician of a ball I’ve seen. I haven’t seen someone who manipulates the ball in the way he can and that potential is really being realised now.

“James has said that coming to Aberdeen has helped be the making of him because he had to grow up a bit, he had to tough things out and he had to learn how to deal with the demands of playing here.

“He was developing then and the games up here were tough for him.



“You can’t say that you watched him and thought he would go from playing with us, back to Norwich, on to Leicester and then potentially to a club like Manchester United so quickly.

“But you see him now, he has developed so much that I think he could play for any of the big clubs in England. That’s how good he is.

“The improvement in him over the last two seasons especially has been massive and it shows what can be done.”

The current season postponement has put a major doubt on what sort of transfer business to expect this summer, but United are still expected to be active – with Maddison, Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish all very much on their radar.

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