07 Feb 2022 | 04:13 | Football
The Old Trafford team needs to add personnel after this year’s season ends.
Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup fourth round after a penalty shootout defeat to Middlesbrough. Man Utd players did not take advantage of opportunities in important moments to launch a decisive blow.
On the day that Man Utd failed, other Premier League teams like Chelsea or West Ham also struggled. Only thing, Man Utd failed and the two London clubs still knew how to finish the opponent.
And in West Ham’s victory, it was Declan Rice who made the difference. This player came on from the bench and quickly helped West Ham control the game. None other than Rice scored in injury time to equalize for the home team.
Pressure is something Rice is all too familiar with. At such a young age, Rice has been West Ham’s vice-captain, often being the leader on the field when veteran midfielder Mark Noble is not in the starting line-up. And at EURO 2020, Rice really excelled.
Man Utd are prioritizing recruiting a central midfielder at the end of the season and it is not surprising that Rice is the top name interested by the Red Devils. However, Rice’s price is not cheap.
West Ham manager David Moyes said: “You’re going to need a lot of money to sign Rice. I said in the summer that I think Rice is worth £100m . That’s your chance to get him for a price. cheap. You can decide on what I’m talking about now.”
Still, £100m is worth the investment for a player like Rice. A record deal in Old Trafford history could bring Man Utd a quality midfielder within the next 10 years.
Man Utd needs to be more decisive in this deal. Rice is happy at West Ham and has a contract until 2024, with the option of an extra year. This means that Moyes’ team does not need to immediately sell the star, but the value can increase further after the 2022 World Cup.
A move to Old Trafford in the summer was made even more difficult as Chelsea also paid tribute to Rice . Therefore, Man Utd must quickly make a decision whether it is 100 million pounds or even more.
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