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United’s defensive woes are known to everyone in the world. However, the Red Devils must have been happy with their defensive display against West Ham on Saturday.
Ralf Rangnick should consider himself lucky because of the depth of the squad. The German manager was able to call Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial when the game was heading to a draw. And the reinforcements delivered when it mattered the most.
However, the problem for this United team remains in the midfield. There are not enough chances created for the likes of Mason Greenwood and Cristiano Ronaldo on a weekly basis.
Manchester United News: Rice, an ideal midfielder for United?
United fans are desperate to see a defensive midfielder play for their team. The club has a lot of attacking options, but without a defensive midfielder, the other midfielders can’t play freely.
The club employs a lot of midfielders, but they have similar traits. The likes of Fred and Scott McTominay are always given defensive duties, and they fail often.
The club is destined to lose Paul Pogba in the summer window and there’s expected to be a midfield vacancy for someone to fill, preferably a player who has both attacking and defensive qualities.
One player who is on top of the transfer list in that position for Manchester United is Declan Rice. As per Whoscored, Rice’s statistics are phenomenal. The hammers captain is averaging 2.3 tackles per 90 minutes this season. He is also making 1.8 interceptions, 1.3 clearances, and maintaining a 90% pass accuracy.
However, the biggest obstacle in his signing is the price. West Ham United values Rice at £100m. Regardless of all the qualities he possesses, this is an insane transfer fee.
What does Rice have to say?
The England international has been linked to United for a couple of seasons now. But he always refused to make comments about the saga. However, Rice didn’t stop himself from talking about Old Trafford and that can be taken as his indicator for a move.
After the game, Rice said: “I was loving it. Every time I come to Old Trafford; I’ve always said it’s one of my favourite places to play. It’s an amazing stadium,” he said.
In recent times, more players have talked about leaving the club than joining them. United fans must be feeling good about the club after the positive comments from the young midfielder.
The summer transfer window is going to be a busy one for Manchester United. The club is looking for a new manager, a midfielder as well as a striker. Rice might make the move or might not, but his interview is a positive one for the fans of the fallen giants.