Date:15th April 2021 at 3:10pm
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West Ham United are still rising and their bubbles are showing no signs of fading and dying. 

This is a peculiar and exciting position for The Hammers who are just as likely to catch third place Leicester than fall out of the Champions League places, if you are going on a statistical basis.

It is very hard to believe David Moyes took over the reins at The London Stadium with the club in 17th position and only one point above the dreaded dotted lines of relegation.

Even without captain Declan Rice, who had to cheer the team on from the stands due to a knee injury, game by game, week by week they are getting the job done, albeit while perhaps making the games harder than they need to be.

However, fans of The Irons could be set to have their hearts broken as reports from the Manchester Evening News indicate Rice has expressed an interest in joining Manchester United.

Rice could be the lynchpin United have so desperately needed.

It’s reported that during the England national team’s World Cup qualifying camps, where the Three Lions overcame San Marino, Albania and Poland, Rice was allegedly asking the likes of Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw questions about life at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils also have a previous history of signing young English talent straight after major international tournaments, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney making the move to United after the 2002 World Cup and the 2004 European Championships respectively.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likes to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, which usually means starlet and club record transfer Paul Pogba is sacrificed so Scott McTominay and Fred can play as holding midfielders behind the influential Bruno Fernandes.

However, should Rice arrive, his defensive awareness and abilities to break up counter-attacks means he could potentially be the one to sit in between Bruno and Pogba in an attacking 4-3-3 formation, without United leaving their defence exposed.

What would be an immense loss for West Ham, could be a remarkable gain for The Red Devils.

 
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