Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sent his personal scout to watch the 20-year-old England international, according to the Daily Mail.
The report suggests that Simon Wells was sent to watch Declan Rice in West Ham’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Friday evening.
The defensive midfielder was involved in one of the major talking point’s of the game, as he burst forward in midfield, playing the ball forward before Robert Snodgrass struck past Red Devils loanee Dean Henderson.
The would-be injury-time equaliser sent the Hammers away end into wild scenes of celebration, but it was disallowed after VAR adjudged Rice to have handled the ball in the build-up.
Manchester United are short of options in midfield after suffering injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay and are said to be considering investing in someone new at the base of midfield.
Rice has frequently been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford, and could be considered a long-term investment given he turns 21 on Tuesday and already has nearly 100 senior appearances under his belt.
He’s made seven England appearances since receiving his first cap in March 2019, shortly after announcing his intention to switch from the Republic of Ireland, with whom he made three appearances for in friendlies.
£70m, £80m and even £100m fees have previously been suggested for Rice, who is contracted with his current club until the summer of 2024.