West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice would be a ‘great addition’ to the Manchester United squad, believes former Red Devils star Alan Smith, but signing him could be at the expense of Scott McTominay.
The 21-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Hammers for the last couple of years, with Manchester United and Chelsea seen as potential destinations.
The youngster has already racked up over 100 Premier League appearances for West Ham and picked up 13 England caps, gaining an incredible amount of experience for such a tender age.
Smith is a big fan of the holding midfielder, who can also perform at centre-back, and feels his defensive nous makes him stand out from others in his position.
‘I like Declan Rice as a player and I think he would be a great addition – and is a British-based player, which obviously helps,’ Smith told American Gambler of Rice being linked with Manchester United.
‘I think he’s one that is a bit more old school than a lot of defensive midfield players are now.’
‘It all depends on how good Scott McTominay is going to be, as you don’t want to get someone like-for-like that is already coming through the system,’ Smith continued.
‘He’s obviously someone that Ole holds in high regard, he sees him in training every day, and you wouldn’t want to block the pathway of a young lad coming through the United system.
‘If he [Rice] is someone that can go in there and virtually guarantee you a league title then obviously you’d say yes, but have you’ve got someone in there that you’d be swapping like-for-like?
‘Young players bring inconsistency. Young players get all the plaudits, but it’s the experienced players that keep everything going.’