Declan Rice would struggle to get into Man Utd's starting XI but would be a good transfer for future, says John Barnes

LIVERPOOL legend John Barnes believes Manchester United would be an ideal move for Declan Rice – but the star would need to be patient.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been linked with an interest in the West Ham midfielder for months.

The England international, 21, is one of several targets for United as they also continue to plot swoops for Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

With his combination of talent and age, Rice has been backed to become a big success at Old Trafford by ex-Three Lions winger Barnes.

But the 56-year-old has warned the Hammers ace he would not walk straight into the current in-form United side.

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Barnes, speaking to BonusCodeBets, said: “Regarding the ongoing transfer rumours on Declan Rice, I am not sure that he would come into Manchester United and take over that defensive midfield role, especially as Nemanja Matic has recently signed a two-year contract.

“However, United must look to the future and Rice is a good young English player and would be a good signing for United.

“Of course, he’s a West Ham player and from his own point of view if he must move on, I think United would be a good place for him.”

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Solskjaer will face stiff competition from United’s Premier League rivals for the midfielder.

Chelsea are the latest club reportedly plotting a huge summer swoop for him.

Rice, who is set to start against Watford tomorrow, will have a chance to impress United next week when West Ham travel to Old Trafford.

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