Manchester United have been told to sign the “best midfielder in the world” who already has the “stature of Steven Gerrard” to replace the outgoing Paul Pogba.
Pogba, 28, is poised to leave Old Trafford for the second time this summer. The Frenchman will be out of contract and at present, there is little indication he will extend his stay.
But at club level, Pogba has regularly flattered to deceive and former United striker Teddy Sheringham wants a different type of player drafted in as his successor.
The 23-year-old has developed into a complete midfielder with the Hammers. Indeed, Sheringham compared him to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard in his assessment.
What’s more, Sheringham reckons Rice is already the “best midfielder in the world”. Whether Rice can stake a claim to that accolade is open to debate. The likes of Kevin De Bruyne may have something to say on the matter.
Hard for West Ham to keep Rice – Sheringham
Nevertheless, Sheringham explained why Man Utd should break the bank for Rice to replace Pogba who he claimed has the “wrong character” for the Red Devils.
“It’s going to be hard [to keep him],” said Sheringham. “I spoke to West Ham supporters and said, ‘he is the best midfielder in the world at the moment’. I rate him highly. He’s got everything a central midfielder needs.
“He understands the game, he’s got good pace, he can control the ball, pass it, make good tackles and get forward.
“He has the stature of Steven Gerrard in midfield – he’s that dominant now that even when he’s getting closed down. He’s got good pace and power about him that he can get away from midfielders. That’s very unusual to have that in a central midfield position.
“[Declan would be an upgrade on Pogba] because Declan is the best midfielder in the world. Pogba is a talented boy, but leads with the wrong character. He doesn’t inspire people around him, he doesn’t inspire his supporters around him.
“Whereas someone like Declan does. You want to roll with him, the way he plays the game.”