“I don’t want to say too much about other teams’ players but of course he’s a player we know we have to look for,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
“He’s a player for Aston Villa and England who has only improved. The goal he scored last season was a brilliant goal and we’ve faced him enough times to know it’s going to be a difficult game.”
He also said to Sky Sports a few hours prior to kick-off: “Of course you know everything about Jack Grealish, how good he is driving with the ball and getting fouls.
“But if you don’t stop him he’s a danger. That’s one of the key areas [to watch out for].”
And Neville’s former United team-mate Andy Cole, working as a pundit on the match last night, said: “I think what he’s shown at the moment and over the last few seasons, he could play for any of the top-four teams.
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“I’m not being disrespectful to Aston Villa, they won’t want to lose him, he’s their talisman. Everything goes through him, he produces passes for his teammates and scores goals.
“I think we all know he’s a quality player. He’s still a young man, still learning the game, still want to improve.”