And by playing alongside Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard – who joined West Ham on loan last season – there is plenty of reason for Rice to move.
United’s football director John Murtough all but confirmed Rice’s interest in a fans forum alongside Darren Fletcher in April.
The MEN note that Fletcher explained he had heard that players heading out on England duty and representing other countries had started to ask questions about United once more.
United are in the hunt for another midfielder following the inconsistent form of Fred and Nemanja Matic.
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