Man Utd: Declan Rice urged to postpone transfer after Erik ten Hag move

Erik ten Hag is said to be keen on signing Declan Rice

Erik ten Hag is said to be keen on signing Declan Rice (Images: Getty)

former West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand has urged Hammers star Declan Rice not to join Manchester United this summer, claiming he should wait and see how the Red Devils fare under Erik ten Hag before moving to Old Trafford.

Rice, 23, has been repeatedly linked with a move to United after establishing himself as one of the best players in the Premier League and a regular in England.

The midfielder was a key member of the England squad that reached the Euro 2020 final last summer and has helped West Ham battle for the top four this season and enjoy a brilliant run in the Europa League.

New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is believed to be an admirer of Rice and could approve a move for the West Ham man as he seeks to field a squad at Old Trafford capable of fight for titles.

But Rio Ferdinand’s brother Anton believes Rice should stay at West Ham for at least another season and says he would be wary of a move to United before seeing how they play under Ten Hag.

Despite being one of the greatest and most successful teams in history, Manchester United have struggled since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013 and went five years without a title.

Ajax manager Ten Hag is hoping to put Old Trafford back on track after agreeing to replace interim manager Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.

Rice has had another impressive season at West Ham

Rice has enjoyed another impressive season at West Ham (Image: Getty)

“Manchester United is not the right place at the moment,” said Ferdinand The sun. “They are in a massive transition period.

“For me personally, if I’m Rice, Man Utd is not a place I would go. I would wait a few years and see what Ten Hag does.

“Whether he can implement what he did at Ajax at United and make them look more like a team that can challenge.

“Otherwise, what’s the point of leaving West Ham to go somewhere you can’t even fight for a title?

“They have a hard time coming to Europe. That’s what West Ham do – challenge to get into the Champions League.

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“We have something to build on. He would be in the same place at United and all it would amount to was the stature of the football club.

“As a footballer, I don’t go anywhere just because it’s a bigger club. You have everything in a club where you are loved and you are the main character.

“At Man United you will be one of many. While you can stay at West Ham and challenge for Europe and be the main man.

Ferdinand, who played for Sunderland and QPR as well as West Ham, added: “Personally, I’d rather stay [than join Manchester United].

“But if it was one of the teams fighting for the league and raising the money, it would be difficult for West Ham to keep him.

“Like I said if he left we as fans would appreciate what he has done for the club. He would always be loved and ranked as a legend.

“And when we’ve gotten more than £100m for him and it’s returned to the squad then we can’t complain.”

Rice’s West Ham lost 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of their Europa League semifinals earlier this week. David Moyes’ side return to action against Arsenal on Sunday. Meanwhile, Manchester United host Brentford on Monday night.

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