West Ham United vs Manchester United Match Analysis


Jose Mourinho insisted his side had played well despite another below-par showing in their stalemate at West Ham.

Manchester United stumbled across the line into second place with a hapless draw against West Ham on Thursday night but still remain 19 points behind Manchester City.

"It [retaining their Premier League status] is a big achievement for us", said Moyes, who confirmed he will be speaking to the club's owners next week about his future.

Overall, I am pleased with the players all round.

"We are the second best team in the Premier League, a fantastic competition with lots of good teams with six teams trying to finish first", said. I can give you the guarantee that the club doesn't want to sell him and I can give you the guarantee that we don't have any approach from him, from his agent or from any club. Now we have the objective to finish with more than 80 points.

The Spaniard has been preferred to England goalkeeper Joe Hart in recent games and he repaid David Moyes' faith in him by shutting out Manchester United.

But Jose, in his interview, seemed confident that the club record signing will stay put at Old Trafford, beyond the end of the season, stressing on the fact that neither the club nor him want to let Pogba leave. "When I saw the reaction of the players I believe that was nothing extraordinary".

The Red Devils have nothing to play for and their attentions will be focused on the upcoming FA Cup final rather than this match.

Defender Chris Smalling added: "It's job done, we knew that second place was ours for the taking". Both players were booked.

Before Shaw - recalled as one of eight changes Mourinho made to the team that was so limp at the Amex Stadium - came closest, Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez both saw efforts saved by Adrian.

The first chance came to Hammers striker Marko Arnautovic following a short cross from Aaron Cresswell, but the former was unable to stick home his header. He had a more comfortable second half as United struggled to carve out opportunities.

The visitors started to take control, Sanchez drawing another stop from Adrian before the West Ham stopper turned Shaw's follow-up strike onto the post.

But with the game played at a very low tempo and with a distinct end-of-season feel, the first half ended without a goal when Adrian denied Lingard again in stoppage-time.