Man Utd: Solskjaer impressed with McTominay's brace
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Manchester United won’t be letting Scott McTominay leave Old Trafford despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, John Murtough and Darren Fletcher all being sold on Declan Rice, according to reports. The West Ham star has been in terrific form this season. And a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards at the end of the season.
Manchester United are planning to improve their squad this summer.
Solskjaer has steered the club to second in the Premier League table, despite missing out on all of his top targets.
The Sun say the Norwegian, Murtough and Fletcher are all keen on Rice, who has helped West Ham to fifth in the Premier League table this season.
And it’s claimed they won’t let McTominay leave, even if the England international arrives.
The Scotland international has become a vital asset under Solskjaer, starting most matches at a time where Paul Pogba is sidelined through injury.
McTominay would likely find himself struggling for regular action should Rice arrive at the Theatre of Dreams.
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However, United deem him as integral to their future – so that development should put the midfielder’s mind at ease.
Chelsea were previously keen to sign Rice, with Frank Lampard asking Roman Abramovich to sign the Hammers star during the summer transfer window.
Yet their interest has now cooled since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, who is eager to bring his own targets to Stamford Bridge.
Rice isn’t the only player on United’s radar.
They retain a strong interest in Erling Haaland, who is seen as the perfect upgrade on Anthony Martial – who has scored just four Premier League goals this term.
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At the back, the likes of Ben White, Jules Kounde and Raphael Varane are all under consideration as they seek a long-term partner for Harry Maguire.
And United have been linked with Gianluigi Donnarumma at a time where the futures of Dean Henderson and David De Gea are shrouded in uncertainty.
Speaking recently, meanwhile, West Ham manager David Moyes insisted Rice was worth more than £100million.
“I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer. Far, far more than £100m. Far, far more,” said the Scot.
“I look at the players who have joined some clubs from overseas and come in and nowhere near had the impact Declan Rice would have.
“I certainly wouldn’t put a price on it. You can decide which figure you want to put on it but I wouldn’t be sanctioning anything like that, that’s for sure.”
Moyes also played down talk that West Ham would need Champions League football to keep Rice at the London Stadium.
He added: “Do we need the Champions League to keep Declan? No, because Declan is under contract first and foremost, so he can’t go anywhere no matter what, and I keep saying it and I hope people know that when I say something, I mean it.
“We’ve not had an offer for Declan Rice and I hope we don’t get one.
“And you’ve got an idea now of where we’d need to be if it was even going to be considered, certainly be me.
“If we could finish in Europe, in some sort of European position, I think it would be progress.
“And that would be progress for Declan Rice as well because he’s been at West Ham while they’ve been bobbing around the bottom, so this is new for Declan as well.
“Declan seems very settled and in fact he is captaining West Ham, he plays for England, and I want to keep Declan thinking that his a
“Ambitions can be achieved here at West Ham and I will have to keep pushing that and keep pushing that with the owners as well.
“For me, I have watched the prices of some players who have gone to clubs recently and they could not lace Declan Rice’s boots.”
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