Paul Scholes jokes about Grealish, compares him to Veron

Juan Sebastián Verón

The former Manchester United midfielder has praised the Aston Villa star - but jokingly compared him to the man who couldn't quite cut it at Old Trafford.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has heaped praise on Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish but also jokingly compared him to Juan Sebastian Veron, according to his regular column in the Independent and London Evening Standard.

Manchester United signed Argentine midfielder Veron for £28.1 million, as per BBC Sport, but he never quite cut it at Old Trafford, before being sold to Chelsea - where he also failed to make a real impact.

And Veron had the habit of not pulling his socks up, according to Scholes, just like Aston Villa's Grealish.

The 19-year-old has made an impression this season but particularly stood out recently, when Villa knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals at Wembley.

The ex-United man said of Grealish: "I really like Grealish as a player. He has got promise. I haven’t seen enough of him to know whether he is a No 10 or better coming off the left-hand side. Only time will tell how many goals he has in him. Only time will tell if he is going to pull his socks up, too. Juan Sebastian Veron had that habit as well."

On a more serious note, Scholes praised Grealish's control, dribbling ability and eye for a pass.

The former Manchester United midfielder did urge caution, however, for people not to overhype the Aston Villa talent at such a young age.

He said of the 19-year-old: "But what I can see in Grealish is that he is a clever player. He has great control, he can dribble and he can pass. He might well have a free-kick in him too. Let’s not go overboard yet. There is the makings of a decent player there."

Aston Villa face a tough Premier League test this weekend when they travel to champions Manchester City on Saturday, while Manchester United play Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

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