Declan Rice was understandably very disappointed to walk away from Old Trafford empty handed this weekend after a hard fought match resulted in a last gasp goal for the hosts.

Manchester United won 1-0 through a Marcus Rashford 93rd minute goal, despite the lead up looking offside, and Rice couldn’t contain his frustration after the game.

“We’re gutted,” said Rice. “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.

“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.”

Despite the harsh defeat, Rice also wanted to reflect on what is a very positive time for West Ham United.

“We need to still look at where we are in the table. 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, and you could see we were much more compact than we were against Leeds. We just didn’t have that cutting edge.

“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.

“We always give the big teams a game, whether that’s Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City or United. Obviously, we’ve beaten Chelsea and Liverpool this year ,and it was close away at 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.”