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Exclusive: Pundit thinks Rice and Soucek would start for Manchester United

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Former Manchester United midfielder Keith Gillespie has exclusively told This is Futbol that West Ham pair Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek would walk into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s current side.

Soucek, rated at £36m by Transfermarkt, has been a tremendous capture following his move from Slavia Prague last January, so good that the Hammers made his loan deal permanent last summer after the midfielder scored three Premier League goals in 13 appearances.

Would Rice and Soucek both start for Manchester United?





His outstanding form has continued this term, helping West Ham become surprise top four challengers – with the Czech Republic international’s nine league goals making him the club’s top goalscorer.

Meanwhile, Rice, who was one of six ever-present players in the Premier League with Soucek being another prior to the trip to Wolves, has been every bit as good.

The £54m-rated ace as recently taken the role as Hammers captain in place of Mark Noble, whilst also becoming a regular in the England squad, starting both of the recent World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Poland.

Ex-Tottenham man Jamie O’Hara told talkSPORT that the West Ham duo are both good enough to start for United, and Gillespie, who started his playing career with the Red Devils, agrees.

He told This is Futbol:

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Nice easy one to start off with. How much do you think Declan Rice is worth?

“I’m really impressed. I probably agree, they probably would walk into Man United’s team.

“That probably shows how badly they need midfielders. You’ve got Matic, who’s coming towards the end, you’ve got Fred who for all his hard work and endeavour, gives the ball away too much.

“You’ve got McTominay, who at times looks the part and at times doesn’t.”

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