“It was a real kick in the teeth” – Declan Rice reacts to defeat to Manchester United

"It was a real kick in the teeth" - Declan Rice reacts to defeat to Manchester United

Declan Rice said he was ‘gutted’ after West Ham United succumbed to a narrow defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

Man United snatched all three points in the last minute of the game when Marcus Rashford got on the end of Edinson Cavani’s cross and made no mistake from a close-range.

It was a tight game at Old Trafford and not too many clear-cut chances were produced by both teams, which inspired Rice to admit a draw would have been a fair result to both sides.

Rice believes the Hammers fought well to get something off Manchester United and Rashford’s last-minute winner felt like a ‘real kick in the teeth’.

“We’re gutted,” Rice told West Ham’s official website. “It was a real kick in the teeth.

“We fought so well. There was very little in the game, so I think a draw would have probably been a fair result.

“We’re such a good counter-attacking side, and even when it was going to the latter stages of the game, we still had the energy to get forward.

Declan Rice believes a draw would have been fair result at Old Trafford
Declan Rice believes a draw would have been a fair result at Old Trafford

“To end like that and get counter-attacked on in the last 30 seconds, and to concede a goal, was a real kick in the teeth.

“In the game against Leeds last week, we were too open, not how we usually are. We’re a compact side and we don’t usually let many teams in.

“You could see that today. Manchester United didn’t really create that many clear-cut chances. We knew we had to be compact and hard to beat, and until the last ten seconds, we really were.”

Manchester United after the win leapfrogged West Ham United into the 4th position with 38 points from 22 Premier League matches.

Rice, who has been a target for Man United in recent seasons, admitted he loves playing at ‘amazing’ Old Trafford.