EPL: Man United secure second spot after draw at West Ham

  • EPL: Man United secure second spot after draw at West Ham

EPL: Man United secure second spot after draw at West Ham

Back-to-back blanks indicate United - 19 points behind champions City with one round of games to play - are badly missing leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku, who is battling to recover from a foot injury in time for next weekend's FA Cup final against his old club Chelsea.

- Manchester United have guaranteed second place in the Premier League, their highest position since winning the competition in 2012-2013. We don't celebrate second positions but we are happy because for a few months, we realised it was impossible to win the league and, of course, the target is the second position.

That victory also helped secure European football, but the move to the London Stadium, sold to supporters as West Ham's chance to compete with the Premier League elite, has so far proved a false dawn. But you need a point to finish second, you need a point to have a relaxed Sunday [against Watford] and when you get to minute 70-75 and you realise the game is under control and even with [Andy] Carroll playing more direct, we adapt very well to that change of style.

With defences on top, Adrian made a string of saves to protect West Ham's clean sheet and justify his selection in goal ahead of England global Joe Hart, who returned from illness but was only named on the bench.

"Obviously it's every boys dream to play in the cup final but you just keep training hard and trying hard and hopefully if the chance comes you have to take it".

Both players grabbed hold of one another but it was Noble who was arguably the luckier of the pair to only be booked following his angry reaction.

With the Belgian injured, Jose Mourinho overlooked the underperforming duo of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as he opted for Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard to lead the attack in an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation.

"I thought the players showed a great attitude", he said.

"The last two games we have got two good clean sheets".

"Sometimes when you get safe you can slip away from it but the players were at it all night and stuck to it to get a thoroughly deserved point". It has been a tough job but a really good job.