West Ham United fans hope Rice gets Premier League starts following cameo performance

A large number of West Ham United fans were less than impressed with the team’s display on Sunday when they kicked off their Premier League campaign.

Slaven Bilic’s side fell to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Summer signings Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez were handed starting spots, but none could affect the outcome.

One player who made an appearance was 18-year-old Declan Rice, who was brought on as a 61st-minute substitute.

The teenage defender impressed during the Hammers’ pre-season schedule, and his showing at Old Trafford attracted even more admirers.

Rice took to Twitter to express his views on the match and mentioned that he hopes to get more game time throughout the season.

Rice joined the East London club’s academy from Chelsea in 2014, and has so far made two senior appearances.

Bilic handed the youngster his Premier League debut on the final day of the 2016-17 season when the team beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.