Former Manchester united coach Nicky Butt believes that Manchester United have no business signing England midfielder Declan Rice this summer because they already have a similar player in their midfield Scott McTominay
According to various reports Manchester united have been admirers of West Ham star Declan Rice and view him as spicy addition to their first-team squad, although any immediate move is unlikely.
According to The MEN, Declan rice spoke to Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw during England’s squad gathering in March on a possible move to Old Trafford and really inquired how life is at the theatre of dreams
The Westham star has also attracted interest from other premier league clubs Chelsea while Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is an admirer, but there is a pressing case for Manchester United to sign a defensive midfielder this summer to either partner Fred or McTominay.
However, Nicky butt does not think Rice should be a priority because he thinks OLE already has a similar player at the club.
“For me, next season has to be about getting some silverware back in that trophy cabinet,” Butt said, speaking to Ladbrokes at the launch of their European Championships 5-a-side Bet.
“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.
“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.”
When asked what position Manchester United do need to strengthen this summer, Nicky Butt agreed a new centre-back has to be the priority.
He added: “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.
“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.”