Jermaine Jenas criticised West Ham United for the manner in which they approached last night’s defeat to Manchester United, when speaking on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme (Sunday March 14th). He did find time to praise Declan Rice, however.
The Hammers set up extremely defensively against an under-strength Man United team at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was without the likes of Paul Pogba, David de Gea, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani.
But in typical David Moyes fashion, we paid way too much respect to Manchester United.
West Ham didn’t lay a glove on the hosts until we went 1-0 down.
It really was a pathetic way to lose the game. One shining light for the Hammers, however, was Declan Rice’s fantastic display.
Jermaine Jenas criticises West Ham but praises Declan Rice
The 22-year-old was truly exceptional once again. He left nothing on the pitch after the full time whistle blew.
Jenas praised Rice although he criticised the way in which the Hammers approached the game, when speaking on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme:
“Bit disappointed with West Ham. I thought David would have brought more to the table. I thought Declan Rice was brilliant but from an attacking point of view they didn’t do enough.”
Jenas has absolutely nailed it here.
West Ham just didn’t do enough to hurt Manchester United last last night. It has been a common theme for the Hammers when playing against last season’s top four.
David Moyes has to learn quickly. He cannot afford to keep making the same mistakes time and time again.
Meanwhile, Declan Rice deserves every bit of praise he gets for last night’s performance.
His display was one of the few positives for West Ham. Let’s just hope that going forward, we are able to match his ambition both in the transfer market and on the football pitch.