‘He won’t go there, whether they want him or not’: Declan Rice would SNUB a summer move to Manchester United because ‘they don’t have that appeal anymore’, insists former West Ham defender Glen Johnson
- Declan Rice has been one of West Ham’s outstanding performer’s this season
- The 22-year-old midfielder is linked with a move away in the summer window
- Glen Johnson does not think Manchester United have a chance of signing him
Glen Johnson has dismissed the idea of Declan Rice leaving West Ham for Manchester United in the summer, even though he considers the midfielder ‘the ideal fit’ for Old Trafford.
Rice has been a stand-out player in an impressive West Ham side this season and is expected to be pursued by an array of major clubs in the summer transfer window.
Former Hammers defender Johnson believes Rice would be a magnificent signing for United – but thinks there is no chance the 22-year-old would favour a move there.
Declan Rice is enjoyed a brilliant season with West Ham so far in the 2021-22 campaign
Rice is expected to be pursued by a number of big sides in the summer transfer window
‘I don’t think Manchester United could get anyone better than Declan Rice,’ Johnson said to BettingOdds.com. ‘If he was available, I think Chelsea or Liverpool would be in front of them anyway.
‘Those players only come around once. United have got [Donny] van de Beek or whoever and they try to sign all these players in that position for loads of money and it’s just never worked.
‘If I was Declan I would be a bit concerned to be honest with you. I’d be thinking Manchester United aren’t the Manchester United of old.
‘There used to be a time when, anytime Manchester United came calling, you go. It was the number one place. Everyone wanted to go. But they don’t have that appeal anymore.
‘I don’t think he’d end up there whether they want him or not. But in terms of their business, I think they should just sit tight and wait until the summer and weigh the whole situation up with everybody.’
But Glen Johnson has dismissed the idea of Rice being interested in a Manchester United move
Rice and West Ham are battling it out for the Champions League places this season
United scraped their way past Aston Villa with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday night.
They are currently seventh in the Premier League standings and four points off fourth place with a game in hand.
Ralf Rangnick’s side return to Premier League action on Saturday and against Villa, this time at Villa Park, in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Rice and West Ham are also in the race for the top four – they are fifth and a point behind Arsenal having played the same number of matches. They meet bottom club Norwich on Wednesday night in their next encounter.