By Adefunmiloye Alani

20th Sep, 2021 | 8:30am

Roy Keane reckons Declan Rice can improve Manchester United midfield

Roy Keane is a big fan of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, insisting there is still a lot to come from him in the future.

The 22-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and some of the bigwigs in the Premier League, and Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to the Hammers would have presented the visitors with a chance to run the rule over the England international again.

Keane believes Rice can be an upgrade on the current options his old club have in midfield, showering praise on him ahead of the clash.

Asked whether he is capable of making the Man Utd midfield better, the Sky Sports replied (as shared by Football Daily official Twitter account): “I think he would, I think Declan has improved as much as any player over the last one or two seasons that I’ve looked at him.”

“I know he’s been linked with United. I’d give him a year or two in terms of football maturity. He’s way ahead of where I was at 22. I think the next step will come when he’s playing at a higher level. When I say higher level, I mean for Man Utd, Champions League, competing for trophies, become a regular for England.

“The big plus for him is there is a lot more to come from him. He’s always available, he’s a big plus, he’s a big presence out there. I’m not a big fan of the United midfield, I think they are a bit short so we’d see how he does against them.”

Massive

Keane does not mince words, and him praising any player is huge.

The Red Devils legend knows a real star when he sees one, and he surely would love to see the Hammers ace playing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

David Moyes’ men ended up losing the game, but Rice proved his quality, and Man Utd could come calling for his signature in the summer.

West Ham are playing in the Europa League this season, but that cannot be compared with Champions League football, and their academy graduate could be on his way out if they are unable to offer that next season.

He wants to be playing at the highest level, and the chance to join a team challenging for the title and other competitions would be tempting.

Rice is not short of suitors, and should Man Utd or any of those keen on him are willing to meet the demands of the Irons next summer, holding on to him would be impossible.

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