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.
gutted with that result, but it's important we bounce back and go again at Southampton. Delighted to have got more minutes today❤⚒ #COYI
— DR (@_DeclanRice) August 13, 2017
You were class lad. Should've started imo. Better than Obiang and fernandes. 100% should be in starting 11 next week
— Tom Allen (@tomwhu13) August 13, 2017
Can't wait for you to start next week
— jj ⚒ (@daddylanzini) August 13, 2017
Looked the part when you came on mate ⚒
— D.C. Irons (@DC_Irons) August 13, 2017
Well played Declan. I hope you start next week! Calm and composed. You looked the part ⚒
— Jon Sharpe (@jonnysharpe) August 14, 2017
You done well mate, looked totally unfazed by who you were up against and that's a great trait to have. ⚒👍🏻
— West_Ham_Utd (@terrydavis1984) August 13, 2017
You deserve to start mate..keeping working hard and you will be in the starting 11 in no time 💪🏻⚒
— West Ham (@WHULondon_) August 13, 2017
Only one who looked like they know how to play football! Well done 👏🏼
— Sam Thomas Nicola (@st90nicola) August 13, 2017
Came on & looked good. Your future is bright!!⚒⚒⚒⚒
— Paul Mackay (@funk11117) August 14, 2017
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.