Manchester United secure second place with West Ham draw

Ruben Hill
May 11, 2018

West Ham and Manchester United played out a tiresome goalless draw at the London Stadium - although the result was enough to see Jose Mourinho's side secure second place in the Premier League.

United thus secured the second spot in the league this season and de Gea won his first ever Golden Glove after his 18th clean sheet.

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he told his Manchester United players that they were going to lose at half-time in their game against Brighton.

"Alexis and Lingard didn't play the last match", said Mourinho, after watching his team get the point they needed to ensure they finish second this season.

"A good point for us", he said.

"Even the ones who probably play the final, to rest for a couple of weeks is probably not the best preparation for that".

The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata paid the price for a poor showing on the south coast with the trio dropped to the bench here.

The result, however, was enough for United to guarantee their highest league finish since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

Despite the first-half being a duel of good tempo, both teams had to settle for half chances, with Adrian being the busier goalkeeper, making five saves.

"The best way to fight for the point was to try to win the match and be safe which is what we tried". You do the job, get the point, finish second and face the game on Sunday with a different perspective.

We look at three things that went wrong for United on the night. We kept control of the game.

"We came second. I am not totally happy, that is not my nature". But since the moment we felt it was impossible to finish first we had the target to finish second and it is done today.

Frenchman Paul Pogba has another glorious chance that would have given Manchester United the victory, but the former Juventus star was unable to score at the death as the match ended 0-0.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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