Forget Rice: Two clever alternatives Man Utd should be looking at

Man Utd is looking to cure their midfield crisis. Their sights are set on Declan Rice, who could fetch an asking price of £90million

West Ham Utd’s 20-year-old Declan Rice has been in the spotlight over recent months. He is widely regarded as one of the most promising young English talents. The midfielder has already been called up to England’s first team on four occasions.

Rice was linked to Man Utd during the summer transfer window, along with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen and Sean Longstaff. Fans of the Red Devils were well aware of the struggle Man Utd would face this season, coming to light in the opening games as the side struggle immensely with creating opportunities from the midfield.

Man Utd’s board tend only to spend big money with the promise of returns from selling other players. It is likely that the £90million being spent on Declan Rice will be recouped by the £150million plus sale of Paul Pogba in the summer. Leaving only £60million to fill the hole he will leave, amongst the side also needing a further midfielder and a right-winger.

With this in mind, here are two midfield alternatives for Man Utd to pursue. Which will leave more funds to strengthen the rest of the squad…

John McGinn

John McGinn is a 24-year-old Scottish international who made a name for himself after a big season in the Championship with Aston Villa in their recent promotion. The Scotsman dominated the midfield, bagging 6 goals and 10 assists for his side.

In a Man Utd squad, he would work as a box-to-box midfielder who weighs in heavily with creating chances.

Fred

Man Utd’s long lost Brazilian hasn’t even found a way onto the bench this season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Reds purchased him after consistent fantastic displays of technicality and creativity. Whilst also having an eye for interceptions and defensive awareness.

Should Fred come good for Man Utd, he would be just like a brand new £90million midfielder for the side. With a better defence behind him and the ability to push further forward, we could see the best of Fred should he be given a chance this season. This could also decrease the need to sign 3 new midfielders down to 2 after the departure of Paul Pogba.