Declan Rice admits he loves playing at Old Trafford

Declan Rice admitted he enjoyed starring at Old Trafford on Saturday during West Ham’s loss to Manchester United, describing the stadium as ‘one of my favourite places to play’.

The England international was excellent throughout an encounter which was ultimately decided by Marcus Rashford’s 92nd minute strike. That goal helped United leapfrog the Hammers into fourth and the Champions League qualification spots.

Rice has previously been linked with a move to United and continues to improve under the tutelage of West Ham boss David Moyes. With the Red Devils in need of fresh blood in central midfield, Rice’s words after full time will have come as music to the ears of United fans.

He said after the game: “I was loving it. Every time I come to Old Trafford, I’ve always said it’s one of my favourite places to play. It’s an amazing stadium.”

On his side’s performance, Rice said the Irons side fought excellently before their late undoing, having matched United stride for stride up until Rashford’s late winner.

He added: “We’re gutted. 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.”

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