West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has revealed he fears Manchester United will try to bring youngster Ravel Morrison back from Upton Park.
United sold him in January 2012, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson believing the young midfielder needed to leave Manchester to put his off-field problems behind him.
With the 20-year-old making a big impression for the Hammers and England Under-21s, Allardyce fears the champions will want their once star youngster back at the club.
He claimed not to know the intricacies of whether United had a buy-back clause to re-sign Morrison, but is worried that David Moyes’ side could flex their muscles regardless.
He told the Sunday People: “I don’t know if there is a buy-back clause and what that figure might be even if it exists.
“But my real big worry is that Manchester United will come back to buy him.
“Look at what happened when Chris Smalling played a handful of games for Fulham – United jumped in with £10 million. Then there was Phil Jones when I was at Blackburn – that’s what you are up against.”