Both midfielders came in for significant praise after West Ham defied expectation last season to finish sixth in the top-flight and qualify for the Europa League.
And they’ve hit the ground running again this term, with the Hammers enjoying an unbeaten start to the campaign and getting their European campaign off to a flyer with a 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb .
Rice was pivotal in that success, scoring a fantastic solo goal as David Moyes’s men defied expectation to go top of the group.
Sinclair believes Rice, along with Soucek, are the two best holding midfielders in the Premier League at the current time and would walk into United’s side ahead of the likes of Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay.
The former Hammers star told talkSPORT : “I've said it last season, we were talking about this exact fixture, and I said Declan Rice and Soucek would walk into the Manchester United team.
Do you agree with Trevor Sinclair’s comments? Let us know in the comments section .
“I don't think their two or three holding midfielders would walk into the West Ham team.
“I think they are probably as good as you're going to get in the Premier League at the moment.
“Soucek brings his unique running power, he's a real boss in both boxes, and Rice with his composure and ability to run the game at the back is absolutely brilliant.
“The shape and the chemistry all over the pitch, everyone looks like they are enjoying playing for Moyes.”
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West Ham could face a battle to hold on to Rice if his good form continues.
United have reportedly made the England international their No.1 transfer target .
According to The Independent , those close to Rice are hinting that a switch to Old Trafford is almost certain to happen next summer.
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