By Adefunmiloye Alani

26th Oct, 2021 | 3:00pm

Trevor Sinclair: Man Utd wouldn't have suffered 5-0 loss with Rice playing

Trevor Sinclair insists Manchester United would not have been handed a 5-0 drubbing by Liverpool if they had West Ham ace Declan Rice.

The Merseyside giants ran riot at Old Trafford on Sunday, going 4-0 up after half-time, and former Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson was caught on camera looking shell-shocked when they scored another one 10 minutes after play resumed.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were torn into shreds by Liverpool, but Sinclair believes there is no chance that would have happened if they had the Hammers midfielder in the middle of the park.

The former West Ham star told talkSPORT (as shown on their official Twitter account on Tuesday morning): “If you want to compete, that was one position (right-back) they certainly needed, and then the holding midfield role

“Declan Rice, I want him to stay at West Ham. For me, he’s one of the best in the league at the moment. He’s got different strengths, but working with the ball, his passing range.

“I mean, he played against Everton and Abdoulaye Doucoure – who absolutely ruined Manchester United a week before – he left him in his shadow. Doucoure couldn’t get anywhere near him. With the ball, without the ball, he’s disciplined, organised. He’s 22.

“If they could have gotten someone like Rice in, and Kieran Trippier, I don’t think we are having this conversation!”

Spot on

Man Utd’s midfield was all over the place as Liverpool ran the show, with Fred and Scott McTominay struggling against James Milner, Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson.

The battle was won in the middle of the park, but things would have been different if the hosts had stronger and quality options.

Sinclair does not want to see Rice leave West Ham, but that could be on the cards, and the Red Devils have been credited with interest several times.

According to The Times journalist Duncan Castles, Man Utd have told Rice’s father and agent, Sean, that they want him, and he and his son believe that he was priced out of a move in the summer due to the “unfair” asking price slapped on him.

West Ham told suitors it was £100million or nothing for the signature of the England international, but David Moyes insists interested parties missed out on the “bargain” [Football Daily], suggesting they would have to pay more than that to have any chance of prising him away.

The youngster is proving to be worth his weight in gold for the Hammers every game, and Man Utd and co will have to part with top dollar if they are serious about signing him.

In other West Ham news, Jack Wilshere has predicted major Hammers exit, but reckons one goal would stop it.

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