Ex-Liverpool player Stan Collymore has had his say on who Manchester United should strengthen with in midfield this summer.
Paul Pogba has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with reports suggesting he could move to Real Madrid or back to Juventus.
If Pogba was to depart this summer, he would obviously have to be replaced with at least one, if not two central midfield players. United have been heavily linked with Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes this window but Collymore has suggested that there are adequate replacements within the Premier League.
Of course, if Pogba is allowed to go, then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have big money to reinvest and I’d go down a different route to the Galacticos-lite path United have trodden in recent seasons,” Collymore said as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“I’d be looking at a mixture of Rice, James Maddison and Matteo Guendouzi, three players who would thrive at United.
“They’re young, talented, you could bring them up together and even have a little change left over from Pogba – even if you signed all three.”
Maddison enjoyed an excellent season at Leicester last year and the Independent have reported that the Reds are keen on signing the 22-year-old.
Rice, meanwhile looks set to stay at West Ham after confirming his shirt number on twitter:
Had loads of people asking this.. I WILL be keeping 41 for this season👊🏼 https://t.co/2M8PYEWM2C
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) June 24, 2019
Guendouzi, 20, is a wildcard picked by Collymore and he has not been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer (one of few). The Frenchman is developing into a talented defensive midfielder but is nowhere near good enough offensively to play in a role which would replace Paul Pogba.