It took extra time to separate the two sides in the fifth round on Tuesday as United progressed to the next round, though it didn’t without an admirable fight from West Ham

West Ham may have been dropped from the FA Cup on Tuesday, but it was one of their players who stood out at Old Trafford – at least in the eyes of Jack Grealish

The Aston Villa captain watched Man Utd make their way to the quarter-finals thanks to Scott McTominay’s extra-time goal

United had been forced to summon the cavalry to find a way past their opponents in East London McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, and Edinson Cavani were all late from the bank

Much of this was thanks to the Hammers’ tenacious and organized defense, with Grealish withholding special praise for their midfielder Declan Rice

Like a field full of talent and well-known superstars, it was his English colleague that Grealish believes stole the show

“What a gamer,” Grealish wrote on Instagram during the game, accompanied by applause emojis

The praise was certainly justified as Rice won more tackles than any other player on the field (according to FBRef) com)

BBC expert Ian Wright also fully agreed when he raved about Rice’s talents which, unsurprisingly, have attracted admiring glances from the Premier League elite

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“He’s a leader and if you look at his numbers it’s not just defensive, he’s moving forward, his passing accuracy, his interceptions,” Wright said

“He has matured The responsibility he has, he plays well, he sets a good example, he does everything He can not only pass it, he can also run with it

“He obviously needs to add more goals to his game, but he can’t be stopped with aggressive running, forceful running, passing, intercepting, anything, he has the lot”

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Unfortunately, the credit is likely to be little consolation for Rice as West Ham’s only chance of a trophy this season went away as McTominay in the 97 Minute the network found

And it was Rice’s heavy touch on the edge of United’s box that allowed the hosts to part ways on the other end for a goal

“Absolutely devastated I really wanted to get ahead in this competition,” Rice wrote on Twitter after the game

“Proud of the boys tonight, massive effort. Now focus on the league again! We’re going again”

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