Louis Saha chooses between Declan Rice and Frenkie de Jong for Manchester United

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has revealed he would pick Declan Rice over Frenkie de Jong to play in the Reds’ midfield.

The club have been linked with both de Jong and Rice, but it remains to be seen who they will be after when the transfer window reopens.

Erik ten Hag will have a major midfield rebuilding job to do as the trio of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard will leave the club in the summer.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is another player linked to move to Old Trafford, so it is likely that the Red Devils will spend big to strengthen the midfield.

When asked about who would be a better choice for Manchester United, Saha leaned towards Rice because of his Premier League experience and overall quality compared to de Jong.

Saha told Lord Ping:

“De Jong hasn’t played in the Premier League yet so he’ll need time to adapt but it’s a talent. It’s hard to pick. The West Ham captain is a bright prospect and very strong in midfield. England It is a defensive and forward-looking asset.

“If I had to choose, I would choose Rice because he provides safety and he will adapt easily because of his many years of experience playing in the Premier League.”


Manchester United will need a defensively conscious player like Rice

While de Jong is undoubtedly an outstanding player, Manchester United may need some steel in their midfield after what has happened this season.

Their defense was constantly exposed when players like Fred and Scott McTominay were not consistent enough.

As Saha said, Rice has Premier League experience and will protect the backline well by sitting in front of the defence.

He also doesn’t shy away from resuming and his distribution is an underrated aspect of his game.

While de Jong will add more technical ability and better passing, Rice is perhaps exactly the player Manchester United’s spongy midfield needs.


Edited by Arjun Panchadar

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