Manchester United believe that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad can be completed by the signing of Declan Rice from West Ham, according to reports. The Red Devils enjoyed a big-spending summer but received criticism for not signing a new defensive midfielder.
Rice was strongly linked with the likes of United and Chelsea in the summer transfer window but a move did not materialise.
West Ham reportedly value the 22-year-old at an eye-watering £100million. That price tag was somewhat justified by Rice’s excellent performances for England at Euro 2020.
But it also meant that clubs were priced out of a deal for the Three Lions star.
Chelsea eventually signed Saul Niguez while United spent the remainder of their summer budget on the sensational return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
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He then collected Paul Pogba’s pass and drove a powerful shot under Woodman.
Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard added further goals in a thumping 4-1 win, which maintains United’s unbeaten start to the season.
Ronaldo revealed that he was nervous ahead of his debut, despite his vast experience.
“I didn’t expect to score two goals. I expect one but not two. I have to appreciate the fans and what they did to me today. I feel so proud for that,” Ronaldo told BBC Sport.
“Of course, I am happy to score goals, I am not going to deny that but the most important thing is the team and the team played good.
“It is unbelievable. When I started the game I was so nervous, I swear. It is normally because I did not expect that they (fans) would sing my name all game.
“I was very nervous but maybe I didn’t show but I was. The reception is incredible but I am here to win games and help the team.
“It was unbelievable moment. I was super nervous and was thinking last night that I wanted to play good and show I was still capable of helping the team.”