'I'm gutted', admits skipper after Man Utd defeat

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 22nd January 2022

Declan Rice admitted to being "gutted" by West Ham's last-gasp defeat at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

Reflecting on the performance and Marcus Rashford's 93rd-minute winner, with virtually the last kick of the game, West Ham's skipper believes his side were well worth a point after a close encounter in which neither side managed to shine in the final third.

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"We’re gutted,” Rice told whufc.com. “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. To end like that and get counter-attacked in the last 30 seconds and to concede a goal, was a real kick in the teeth.

“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.”

Yet despite the loss, which leaves West Ham facing the very real porospect of dropping out of the top six for the first time this year, Rice maintains both he and his team mates will continue to give their all for the remainder fo the campaign both domestically and in European comeptition.

“We need to look at where we are in the table," he stated. "There’s still a positive light there. We’re still up there, competing, but we knew how big today was. The manager knew that, we knew it as players. We just didn’t have that cutting edge.

"We always give the big teams a game whether that’s Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City or [Man] United. We’ve beaten Chelsea and Liverpool this year and it was close at [Man] City, so we’re always going to compete with them.

“If we want to compete against these types of teams, when you come to these types of venues you want to put on performances.

"There’s a break now and I think it’ll be good for our lads, who played so many games. We’ll come back and be ready for the next one to push again."

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