Former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie has exclusively told Football FanCast that Manchester United simply don’t need Declan Rice.
Following his outstanding form for both the Hammers and England in recent seasons, the midfielder is reportedly attracting interest from both United and Chelsea, with David Moyes claiming he’s worth more than £100m.
Rice has been sitting in a midfield two alongside the impressive Czech Republic international Tomas Soucek, playing a key role in West Ham’s push towards the top four despite missing recent victories over Wolves and Leicester through injury.
Despite West Ham’s bid for Europe this season, Rice has continuously been linked away from the London Stadium, with Manchester United’s keeping tabs on the 22-year-old.
But with Scotsman Scott McTominay, who plays in the same position as the West Ham man, a regular under Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer this term, having made 44 appearances this season, McAvennie doesn’t believe Rice is required at United.
He told Football FanCast:
“I think McTominay has been doing a wonderful job for them, and he would do the exact same job as what Rice what do.
“I’m not saying McTominay is better or vice versa, but they are very similar players and by all accounts they love McTominay up there. He goes about his business and doesn’t make any headlines.
“So unless you want to play the two of them, but they’re too similar. Could he get in the Man United team, course he can.”
With England and Scotland in the same group for the Euro’s this summer, providing Rice shakes off his knee problem, these two will come up against each other at Wembley on 18 June, in what could be an audition to become United’s first-choice defensive-midfielder next season.