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Former Manchester City midfielder Trevor Sinclair believes West Ham stars Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek “would walk” into the Manchester United side.
The midfield pair both starred in the Hammers’ 2-0 Europa League victory against Rapid Wienna.
Rice opened the scoring for David Moyes’ side when he finished off a smart attacking interchange between Andriy Yarmolenko and Michail Antonio.
Soucek was introduced in the second half to help close out the game for the East Londoners, who went on to score a second through Said Benrahma.
And Sinclair believes the Hammers’ midfield anchors are more than good enough for United.
“If he [Rice] starts adding goals to his game, the figures that have been talked about for Declan, £80million, they’re not a million miles away from where they’re going to be,” he told TalkSPORT.
“I said it a while ago, Fred and McTominay, both Soucek and Rice would walk into the Manchester United side.
“The same wouldn’t happy if those two players, Fred and McTominay, went down to West Ham.
“I think they’re probably one of the best two holding midfielders in the league. They supplement each other really well and complement each other.”
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are reportedly prioritising a new defensive midfielder in the next transfer window, after signing solving their concerns at central defence and right-wing by signing Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.
Reports had linked United with a possible £80m move for Rice, however, ESPN also claim Old Trafford chiefs were beginning to doubt Rice’s speed and work off the ball.
However, Sinclair does not agree with United’s reported assessment of the England international, feeling Rice is more than ready.
“You look at Rice, he sits, his passing range is superb, he can carry the ball now as we’ve seen in the Euros, as we’ve seen so many times for England,” Sinclair said.
“And when he’s starting to add goals to that, I think he’s a phenomenal player. Young player. His head’s been turned a little bit.
“But he’s showing great maturity by getting his head down and making sure that if this is his last year and season at West Ham, he’s going to make sure it’s a year to remember for the fans.”
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