Hutton believes that the 21-year-old England international could be swayed by a move to Old Trafford if his best friend Mason Mount completes a deal with the Red Devils.
Recent reports suggest that Manchester United are interested in signing Rice this summer and are waiting in the wings in case Arsenal, who were previously leading the race to sign him, do not meet West Ham’s asking price.
Rice has been one of West Ham’s most consistent performers over the past few seasons and is currently one of the hottest prospects in the Premier League. He has been heavily linked with a move away from the London Stadium this summer, with Arsenal and Chelsea also reportedly interested in signing him.
Rice started 29 out of 38 games for West Ham last season and scored 2 goals in all competitions. He was part of England’s UEFA Nations League squad last fall, and has made a total of 10 appearances for the Three Lions so far.
Manchester United are looking to strengthen their midfield options this summer ahead of a potential title challenge next season, and Rice could be the perfect addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. The Red Devils have already secured the services of both Amad Diallo and Donny van de Beek, who have been in impressive form over the last few months.
Rice is a highly rated central midfielder with excellent passing ability and defensive awareness. He is also adept at breaking down opposition attacks, making him an ideal candidate for Manchester United’s midfield.
It remains to be seen if Manchester United can persuade Rice to make the move, but with Mason Mount potentially joining them this summer, it could be an appealing option for the 21-year-old.