Declan Rice should not consider a move to Manchester United, claiming the midfielder would risk “not winning trophies” with the Red Devils.
Joe Cole has urged Declan Rice not to consider a move to Manchester United.
Rice has seen his stock rise at the London Stadium and the 23-year-old has been a top performer for the Hammers.
The midfielder also played a significant role for England at Euro 2020, as he made seven appearances to help Gareth Southgate’s side reach the final.
Rice has been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent months as a result of his outstanding achievements for both club and country.
Rice should not be thinking about a move to Manchester United, according to former England and West Ham striker Cole, since the Red Devils may still struggle to win titles once he arrives.
Speaking to BT Sport, Cole said: “I wouldn’t go if I was Declan Rice, no. I think you run the risk of going there and still not winning trophies.
“I think you’d go to Man City if it was on the table because it’s guaranteed you trophies in recent years, and I think Declan would want that.”
“But there’s no reason for him not to stay at West Ham if the progress continues to be positive, but that’s up to him and the owners.”
“To get to the next level, he needs better players around him at West Ham.”
Cole’s remarks were mirrored by former Chelsea FC and England great Glen Johnson, who believes that while Manchester United would be anxious to recruit a player of Rice’s caliber, the Red Devils do not have the same draw as they did in the past.
“I don’t believe Manchester United could find a better player than Declan Rice,” Johnson stated.
“I think Chelsea or Liverpool would be ahead of them anyway if he was available.” Those players only appear once in a lifetime. United has [Donny] van de Beek or whatever it is, and they attempt to sign all of these players in that position for a lot of money, but it never works out.
“To be honest with you, if I were Declan, I’d be a little concerned.” Manchester United aren’t the Manchester United of old, in my opinion.