Neville raises two big concerns over Man Utd swoop for Declan Rice

Date published: Tuesday 17th September 2019 9:52

Declan Rice

Manchester United ought to think twice before lavishing major money to sign Declan Rice after doubts over his quality and value were raised by Gary Neville.

The Red Devils lavished around £150m on new players this summer with Harry Maguire arriving for £80m, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£50m) and Daniel James (£15m) further strengthening their options.

But Neville reckons more must be done and, despite the pinning down of goalkeeper David De Gea, believes they must target three more quality additions in 2020 if they are to match the likes of Liverpool.

A report on Monday claimed United had five major English targets in mind in order to further strengthen their squad, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly intent on snapping up the brightest young talent going forward.

One of those names persistently linked with United is England midfielder Rice, but, speaking to Monday Night Football, Neville has some doubts over whether he should be targeted.

“I don’t know,” Neville admitted when asked if United should sign the West Ham favourite.

“I mean you talk about £80m, £90m to get him out of West Ham. We’ve seen a bid for [Wilfried] Zaha go to Everton this year for £70m. To get players out of the likes of West Ham now, Crystal Palace, it is not going to be easy. It is going to cost a fortune.

“Would I say yes now at £80million, £90million? I’m not feeling that personally at this moment in time, but am I seeing a really good player who could potentially develop into something fantastic for the next ten years? Yes. I really do think that.

“But do United need another player? They’ve already got [Nemanja] Matic, they’ve already got [Scott] McTominay who are doing a similar role to what I see Rice doing.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has showered one Man Utd star with surprising praise.


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