Manchester United need to strengthen their midfield in the summer transfer window and they have been backed to sign a top quality defensive midfielder by a former Liverpool man.
As per Danny Murphy (The Mail), Man Utd should move to sign West Ham Declan Rice to improve things in the center of the park for next season.
The ex Anfield star wrote about the importance of a top quality play breaker and has compared the 21-year-old with Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson. Murphy stated:
“I liken him (Rice) to Jordan Henderson because of his athleticism, power and attitude. Henderson improved every season and is now a Champions League-winning captain. Rice is on a similar path.”
“Having a really top midfield holder to protect the back-four is important in the modern game. It’s why Manchester City spent a club-record £65m on Rodri. United have Nemanja Matic but Rice will be around for the next decade. He’d allow Fernandes and Scott McTominay to express themselves.”
To be honest, Murphy is right. We definitely need a specialist play breaker, who can provide a strong cover in front of our back-line. Even after spending heavy cash to strengthen the defense, we still have leaked goals on regular basis this term.
So a top holding midfield star is required and Rice, who has been impressive for the hammers and has already played 7 times for his country, fits the bill. Earlier in the campaign, West Ham defeated Man United 2-0 and the youngster put in a brilliant performance against us.
The former Irish international’s current contract with the London based club will expire in 2024 and as per reports (Goal), he would cost around £80million.
At the moment, our first choice defensive midfielder is Nemanja Matic. The veteran has been a great servant but in all fairness, his best days are over and the Serbian international, who will turn 32 this year and will be out of contract in the summer, should be replaced.
Not to forget, in the past three transfer windows, we have not been able to improve our midfield department. In your view, should Man United splash £80million to sign Declan Rice in the summer transfer window?