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Manchester United Legend Urges Club To Avoid Delcan Rice Transfer This Summer

Manchester United Legend Urges Club To Avoid Delcan Rice Transfer This Summer
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Manchester United are likely to make some big additions this summer.

While they may have finished second in the Premier League last season, it's fair to say that they seem some way off competing with Manchester City for the title. There are also likely to be stronger challenges from Chelsea and Liverpool coming in August.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need a couple of incomings in order to bridge that gap. One of the players suggested has been Declan Rice.


The West Ham player is currently on duty with England at Euro 2020 but has been linked with a move over the coming months. However, Nicky Butt feels that United should avoid a move for the 22-year old.

Speaking to Ladbrokes at the launch of their European Championships 5-a-side Bet, Butt said that he is unsure if a holding midfielder is what his former team need this summer. He also believes they should try to recruit Raphael Varane despite the defender being in his late 20s.

I think Man United are solid enough in midfield.

I keep hearing things about Declan Rice, but is he a better player than Scott McTominay?

I'm not sure; I think with McTominay, Paul Pogba and obviously Bruno Fernandes, we're in a good place in the middle of the park...

For me, next season has to be about getting some silverware back in that trophy cabinet for Manchester United.

It's about getting the right players who will allow you to challenge for trophies. It's a winning club, so we can't go this long without silverware.

The biggest thing that needs addressing for me at Manchester United this summer is that centre-back position; we need a partner for Harry Maguire. It has to be someone that's going to be compatible with Maguire.

If you spend the kind of money you did on Harry Maguire, you then have to follow it up by bringing someone in who can play with him.

Everyone talks about Raphael Varane. I understand he's a little bit older than most people would perhaps like, but you just have to go back to the days of Teddy Sheringham.

I think we bought him when he was 32, and we went and won the treble with him. If Varane is available, then I'd go all out for him.

Varane would certainly be an excellent addition to their defence, and while Rice could bolster the midfield, it could be argued that the sizeable fee that would be required to prise him from West Ham could be better used elsewhere.

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