Interview with PaddyPower (via MEN), The 57-year-old encouraged the Red Devils to sign Rice despite the Hammers valuing the midfielder at £ 90 million.
Winterburn believes the Englishman justified the huge price with his impressive performances for Hammers. He said:
“£ 90 million is a huge amount of money for Declan Rice – it’s crazy money, but it’s fair value. Rice has recently proven himself and improved his reputation. There will come a time to move on, and I would be amazed if one of the big clubs in The Premier League doesn’t respond as soon as they realize it’s available. “
“I’m not sure Manchester City will sign him, but whether Manchester United or Chelsea want to move in his place depends all on his availability and whether it’s the right time for the club.”
The former Arsenal defender added:
“I see him fitting United because they have plenty of attacking talent, but they often open up across defense. He would fit in perfectly. Whether United will get another £ 90m is another matter.”
Manchester United have had one of their most successful transition periods in recent history as they have signed as Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. However, the Red Devils still lack a quality defensive midfielder.
Declan Rice was one of the leading candidates to fill that vacant role at Manchester United. However, Chelsea’s rival also wants to sign the 22-year-old next summer.
Other central midfielders associated with the move to Old Trafford are Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips and Aurelien Tchouameni of AS Monaco.
Manchester United need a defensive midfielder after the recent results
Manchester United’s need for a new central midfielder has increased since Fred’s mistake recently cost them all three points against Everton in the Premier League.
The Brazilian midfielder was bad for Manchester United. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to choose him due to the lack of a team that has adequate support in the defensive environment.
Manchester United is the only team among the elite clubs of the Premier League that does not have a suitable defensive midfielder. Manchester City have Rodri and Fernandinho, Chelsea have N’Gola Kante, while Liverpool have Fabinha.