Man Utd target James Maddison can take them to the next level, says Gary Pallister

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As quoted by The Manchester Evening News, Gary Pallister has revealed James Maddison would be able to take Manchester United to the “next level”.

What did he say?

The England U21 international enjoyed a fine debut campaign in the Premier League last season after joining Leicester from Norwich last summer. The 22-year-old scored seven goals and seven assists in 36 games in the top-flight, and his displays have reportedly attracted the interest of United.

Reports in recent weeks have suggested the Red Devils are considering making a swoop for the attacking midfielder next summer as they look to reshape their squad. Now, Pallister has thrown his backing behind a potential move, and revealed he was particularly impressed with his performance against Tottenham last weekend.

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He said: “There was a lot of talk about him in the press. He stood out in the game against Tottenham, he’s got a lot of quality and energy – and he obviously scored the winner. He’s the type of player who can take Man United to the next level. However, Ole needs to try his best for now to squeeze the best out of the squad he has for the next few months.”

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Amidst all the talk of United’s questionable decision to let both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leave this summer, the Red Devils have an equally pressing problem when it comes to goals from the midfield areas. Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Angel Gomes – all of whom have played in the number ten role for United this season – have yet to score. A swoop for Maddison would go a long way to solving that.

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The Foxes man has been used in a variety of roles this season, but the one time he was deployed in the attacking midfield position, he scored – adding to his seven strikes in the Premier League last season. Having players from deep who can find the back of the net can dramatically ease the burden and pressure on those at the top of the attack. United desperately need someone like that right now.