Ex-Reds star Steve Nicol Believes Anfield would be a more convenient destination for the ace, with it possible that Pep Guardiola is also keen. James Maddison has seen Paul Pogba held up as an example of why he should be snubbing any attention from Manchester United, with Steve Nicol urging the Leicester playmaker to hold out for a switch to Liverpool or Manchester City.

The Red Devils continue to be linked with the England international since the January transfer window brings to a close.

Talk of big-money has been pieced together at Old Trafford has raged for some time, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the marketplace for more creativity in the center of the park.

United have, however, seen a number of other recognized performers flop after moving to Manchester, in what could be considered a warning to Maddison.

Nicol feels that is true, with the former Liverpool defender believing Anfield or the Etihad Stadium would be suitable destinations for a 23-year-old with plenty of potential to still unlock.

He told ESPN FC: “Under normal circumstances, this could be kind of a no brainer, somebody like him, playing at a provincial side shall we call them at Leicester City.

“The big guns of Manchester United come calling for you and it is only a matter of, can the two clubs sort it out financially? That’s what used to happen.

“The most important thing is, is it going to benefit this man going to United at this time? I think it would help him to keep playing in the way he has at Leicester.

“The manner Leicester play matches his game and in reality the way they play is a good deal closer to what the likes of City and Liverpool do than what the likes of United do.

“I’d suggest, if I am him, I hang around and wait. Wait for Liverpool or Manchester City.

“Because right now, visiting Man United, I think is pulling people beneath. I think for his game, it’s not going to help him go to Man United.

“If Paul Pogba can go to Man United and his game endures, with the experience he has, why wouldn’t it occur to James Maddison?”

Maddison has starred for Leicester since signing from Norwich in 2018, with another nine goals and three assists added to his impressive tally in the present campaign.