West Ham midfielder duo Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek will “enter” the Manchester United squad, according to former Hammers star Trevor Sinclair.
The two teams face off at London Stadium on Sunday and Sinclair believes West Ham has the best midfield.
Earlier this summer, Rice was a reported transfer target for Manchester United and Chelsea and he might have played for opponents West Ham this weekend had the club’s demands been met.
Refusing to pay the announced price of £ 100million, Rice stayed behind to the delight of the Hammers fans and once again showed his skills with a superb goal in the club’s victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.
His outstanding performances and those of his team-mate Soucek were applauded by Sinclair, who believes the pair could rival any midfield duo in the Premier League.
Sinclair told talkSPORT: “I said it last season we were talking about this exact game and I said Rice and Soucek will be entering the [Manchester] United team.
“I don’t think the two or three starting midfielders [Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic] would enter the West Ham squad.
“I think they’re probably as good as what you’re going to get in the Premier League right now.
“Soucek brings his unique racing power, he’s a real boss in both boxes and Rice with his poise and ability to lead games from the back is absolutely brilliant.”
The quality of both players has helped David Moyes’ side become strong competitors both in the Premier League and in Europe.
While many disagree with Rice’s £ 100million price tag, he is certainly invaluable to his club.
With three years left on his contract and the club’s option to extend it for another year, West Ham owners are under no pressure to sell any of their star players anytime soon.
While they might not want to sell him, due to the financial might that Manchester United and Chelsea have, it may only be a matter of time before he plays for one of the these clubs.
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