Date: 11th September 2019 at 12:33pm
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OPINION

West Ham fans should be thrilled to see a report which claims that Manchester United are “highly unlikely” to make a move to sign star midfielder Declan Rice in the January transfer window.

According to the Manchester Evening News, although the Red Devils retain their interest in Rice, 20, from the summer, the chances are that the Premier League giants will not try and lure the England international to Old Trafford midway through the season.

It is understood that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be handed the green light to sign a new midfielder in January but it does not look as though it will be for Rice or Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff.

Man United not going in for Rice is obviously brilliant news for West Ham supporters

Reliable insider ExWHUemployee has recently reported via his personal Twitter account that United are expected to table a bid for Rice in the near future, while Chelsea were also mentioned as someone who could make a move for the 20-year-old.

Chelsea may still make a bid in January but with news that Man United are unlikely to firm up their interest with an offer, that is still a boost and one that should be appreciated by supporters.

Rice has made four appearances this season, playing every minute of every game in the Premier League.

According to stats by WhoScored, the defensive midfielder has averaged more interceptions per league game [2.3] than any other player in the Hammers squad so far this season while only Arthur Masuaku [4.3] has averaged more tackles than the England international [3.5].

Rice has also completed 83.6 per cent of his passes in the Premier League, which ranks him ninth in the West Ham squad. However it is worth pointing out that two players with a higher pass completion have played the same amount of game-time as him.

Manuel Pellegrini has a superb young player in Rice and as shown by his display for England on Saturday in the win against Bulgaria, there is a lot to come from the enforcer in the future.

Thankfully it seems as though his future, for the rest of the season at least, might be at the London Stadium and not Old Trafford.