The English midfielder is certainly an exciting talent and has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for roughly two seasons.
West Ham were said, by some sections of the media, to have set a price tag of around £100m for Rice as they hoped to ward off interest.
In the end it worked as the Red Devils never truly chased his signature, with reports claiming they felt no top midfielder was ‘attainable’ this past summer.
“I was very disappointed when he got brought off in the final, it was the wrong decision. We couldn’t retain possession when it was tough against the Italians — and he was one player who did retain possession.
“He moved like a Rolls-Royce with the ball out of a problem and then found a pass after that. It’s invaluable to be able to do that and he showed what a top player he is. He’s a top player so he will be going somewhere quite soon.
“He’ll definitely be on Manchester United’s radar. He’s in the mould of Roy Keane and Michael Carrick, who were two top, top players, which you’ve got to have in midfield for Manchester United. So he’d easily fit in there.”
Rice is potentially the midfield signing the majority of Manchester United fans want to see and his expected partnership with Paul Pogba would definitely be thrilling.
However, unless he forces through a move from West Ham, it’s unlikely he will leave for cheaper than their sky-high price tag.
United may be more willing to break the bank next summer but until then it looks like fans will have to wait for their desired target.