West Ham 0 Manchester United 0: Mourinho's men seal second spot


DAVID MOYES was satisfied with his West Ham United side after they picked up their second successive clean sheet in holding Manchester United to a goalless Premier League draw at the London Stadium.

Anthony Martial's future remains uncertain: Prior to the game, we had predicted that Martial could face a season-defining game at the London Stadium but the Frenchman never made the playing field.

Manchester United have guaranteed second place in the Premier League, their highest position since winning the league in 2012-13.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012-13 season, no Premier League team has drawn more matches nil-nil than Manchester United (19, level with Southampton).

Two years to the day since West Ham won this fixture, the last at their old Upton Park home, and the stage could not have been further removed.

Meanwhile, Manchester United chief, Jose Mourinho, said: "Any team that goes to this kind of match where you need something to get some objective, you fight for that".

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However, that failed to provoke an immediate response as West Ham posed the early threat.

Marko Arnautovic has been in good form since the arrival of David Moyes and, after he had a shot easily saved by David De Gea, the Austrian was unable to divert the ball on target when Smalling miscued a cross by Aaron Cresswell.

In the absence of the injured Lukaku, Lingard appeared to be United's most likely scorer, though he could not beat Adrian with a 20-yard strike in the 55th minute. He chose to ring the changes and Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw all started the game. We kept control of the game.

Pogba then sent an audacious effort from the halfway line well over Adrian's crossbar to sum up United's lack of ideas in attacking areas. Just after the hour mark, Antonio Valencia sent in a good cross which Pogba headed just wide.

A tiresome encounter only flared up in the closing stages as West Ham skipper Mark Noble raised his hands to Paul Pogba's face, but was only booked by referee Jon Moss.