Manchester United star Scott McTominay lauded but Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek would keep him out of West Ham’s team, says Trevor Sinclair

Trevor Sinclair has heaped huge praise on Manchester United star Scott McTominay following his match-winning display against West Ham on Tuesday night.
Man United booked their place in the last eight of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win against the Hammers thanks to McTominay’s goal in extra-time.
McTominay netted the only goal of the game seven minutes into extra-timeGETTY
The goal was McTominay’s seventh of the season meaning he’s third-leading scorer for the Red Devils this term, level with forwards Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani.
The midfielder, 24, has taken his game up to new levels this year and Sinclair is very excited by the progress the Scotland international is continuing to make.
Sinclair told talkSPORT: “I’m a big fan of his. He brings intensity, he’s combative, his range of passing is brilliant, he’s a box-to-box midfielder, his switch of play from right to left – you often see Marcus Rashford receiving great balls out there.
“He’s now getting goals, he’s joint-third top scorer at Manchester United this season.
McTominay was even compared to Roy Keane and Paul Scholes by Gary Neville after scoring two quick goals in a clash against LeedsGetty Images – Getty
“I’ve been singing his praises all season; I really rate him as a player. Whether he’s in there with Fred or whoever he always does a good job. He’s learning all the time and I’m excited for him because he looks made of the right stuff, he wants to learn.”
However, there would be no room for McTominay in West Ham’s midfield if he moved there, Sinclair believes.
Sinclair and talkSPORT hosts Jim White and Simon Jordan were talking about Declan Rice’s ability to break into the Red Devils midfield – a challenge with the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Fred and Nemanja Matic among their ranks.
Jordan suggested Rice may initially struggle with the transition at Old Trafford as he’s currently ‘a big fish in a small pond’ at West Ham but Sinclair is adamant the England star would ‘walk in to United’s side’.
However, if McTominay was to go to the east London club, Rice, and also the Hammers’ top scorer this season Tomas Soucek, would be ahead of him in the pecking order.
Soucek and Rice have developed a strong rapport together in West Ham’s midfieldGetty Images – Getty
Sinclair added: “Soucek and Rice keep McTominay out of the West Ham side, whereas Rice walks into the Manchester United side.
“If that’s a big fish in a small pond then I don’t quite know what you’re talking about, Simon.
“Rice goes alongside McTominay [at Man United] . For me, he’s better than Fred and when you look at McTominay going into the West Ham side, he’s not going to play in one of the forward midfield positions. Soucek is the top scorer at the football club and there’s an argument that Rice is better than McTominay.
“So for me, your argument’s dead.
“Both teams play a 4-2-3-1 so I think the two holding midfielders at West Ham, Soucek and Rice, stay but I think if Rice goes to Manchester United he takes the position of either McTominay or Fred.”

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