West Ham were comfortably beaten by Manchester City in the Premier League last night.

It was no surprise really, considering the way in which David Moyes set up his side.

The Scot played five at the back, with three defensive midfielders sitting in front. Meanwhile, Robert Snodgrass played off Michail Antonio in attack.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Hammers are still marooned inside the bottom three. And in truth, there isn’t much for the club’s fans to be positive about at the moment.

And former player Don Hutchison underlined West Ham’s current plight by taking to Twitter and suggesting that Declan Rice is on another level to his teammates:


The 21-year-old England international has been the Hammers’ best and most consistent player over the past 18 months.

And he put in another good shift at the Etihad last night. But he quite simply had no support from his teammates.

Manchester City v West Ham United - Premier League

Declan Rice (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

West Ham are in real trouble. But Moyes isn’t helping matters by setting up so defensively in every game. Wolves, Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Tottenham all scored two goals at the Etihad this season.

And the Hammers have the players who could have hurt Pep Guardiola’s side.

If Moyes doesn’t change things over the next few weeks, West Ham could very well get relegated. And then they will really struggle to keep hold of Rice.

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