CandH Exclusive by Terry Robbins
Manchester United consider Declan Rice “overpriced and too slow”, according to some sources inside Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have compiled an extensive dossier on our brilliant midfielder over the past two years, with reports they are ready to make a big money offer this summer – especially if it can include Jesse Lingard in the equation.
Old Trafford sources, however, have informed Claret and Hugh that some United scouts have raised a red flag whether Rice is the optimal midfield target, should Paul Pogba quit the club in the coming weeks.
United want a ‘dynamic’ defensive screen who can also break the lines, with some scouting reports allegedly citing a supposed lack of pace in Rice.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to remain a fan of his but United’s under-pressure money men have also identified three other midfielders – all considerably cheaper that £100m rated Declan.
A United source told us: “The scouts have sent back plenty of positive reports on Rice but there are a couple of suggestions he might not have the pace they are looking for, and he’s more comfortable playing side to side, rather than breaking lines like Pogba or Matic do.
“United want to sign at least three players this summer and they are hearing West Ham would demand £100m for Rice, which the people at Old Trafford consider at least £20m too much.”
Whilst Irons would expect interested clubs to try and drive Declan’s price down and, certainly he’s no Usain Bolt, it seems bizarre United’s own spies have alleged a lack of pace.
Rice puts out plenty of fires before they ignite, which suggests he is far quicker to see things than United’s scouts, judging by their harsh assessment.
And I consider manure completely over rated and they are also I believe many many millions in debt. Cant afford Rice anyway. Minor point dont believe hes for sale.
Would rate Declan way above Pogba , Declan’s progress since his debut is astounding and matched to his consistency and 100% commitment to the cause and is only going to get better. What has Pogba got the our Declan hasn’t ? He is sulky, only performs when he feels like it, always with an eye on the next big money move etc etc . Hope Declan stays with us for years and years .
My message I think manu overrated etc seems to have disappeared.
Good for us, Man U’s myopia is our gain!
What a load of old Tosh!
Moan Utd don’t want one of the best centre mid players in the premiership and walks into an England team?
This is clearly about getting a reply from the club and seeing if they would part with him.
I guess they should go and spend their money elsewhere besides which from Decs point of view why would he want to go to a club that sells out their fans?
Absolutely fine by me Terry,
please ask said scouts to keep finding faults in Dec’s game and look elsewhere, most Hammers fans don’t want to see him sold on for any price, even if it’s north of £100m.
He is still so young and has the opportunity to play football regularly for a great club with a fanbase as loyal as any, most likely Moyes will build the squad around him and hand him the captain armband to boot!
Even if he sees out his current contract, he’ll only be mid twenties before he needs to assess where Hammers are in progressive terms.
“ You can tell’em from me if he’s listening, I’d loove it if he stayed here, loove it” 😃
Spot on DJHammer. Declan is in the right team at the moment. He’s not a Manchester United lad. He wouldn’t fit in there. They’re glory days were in the past. Our’s are just beginning. Just hope that Dec doesn’t pick up any bad advice from his England experiences. What goes on with Southgate stays with Southgate. Here at West Ham United, Declan Rice can enjoy going to work and being appreciated by adoring fans and everyone else working with him. I’d loove it too!
Good. They can pi.. off.
Yeah right. Bobby Moore was slow wasn’t he?. What a rubbish player he was!!!
These people really!!! Do they even attend matches? Utter fools
Thing is dec isn’t even slow. He’s suprised me on multiple occasions how fast he is like when he dribbled from edge of our box past about 5 arsenal players and got a shot away.
Id back him again pogba in a race all day cant even remember the last time I seen pogba sprint?! Lazy.
Its true he very slow, he’s like a tortoise, you wouldn’t want him Man united. Never mind best sign someone else instead.
I wholeheartedly agree, terrible player, overrated.
Yeh right , just an attempt to reduce the price , Rice is quality . I want him to stay & hopefully play CL football for us . COYI ⚒
Yeah he is rubbish,,not good enough for you man u lot , move on 👏👍😄
What annoys me is the arrogance of these top six clubs thinking they can always come and steal our best players. It’s time the other fourteen clubs decided not to sell to the so called big six at any cost. It will soon bring the big six down to size. Secret big six transfer embargo. Make it happen.
Points deduction for the ESL 6. It happened in Austria last season when Lask were robbed of the title. Bet they won’t go that far tho. What use would a financial penalty do? Spare change for the likes of them.
everyone’s got an opinion. Man utd scouts are free to think what they like, but Declan is much quicker than the great Bobby Moore, and It’s the speed of mind that puts you in the right place for any situation.