Man Utd secure second after dour stalemate at West Ham

Man Utd fans had a brilliant chant for West Ham - and Hammers fans applauded back

United mustered their 18th clean sheet of the season and first top-flight draw of 2018, while a clash which petered out into a typical end of season affair was kept goalless by a cluster of saves from West Ham goalkeeper Adrian in the first half.

West Ham: Adrian; Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble (c), Masuaku (Carroll 66); Joao Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic.

West Ham's Marko Arnautovic hit an early strike straight at David De Gea before the Austria worldwide could only head over from six yards after Chris Smalling made a mess of clearing Aaron Cresswell's cross.

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. "David de Gea will be rested, it gives a chance for Sergio Romero to play, I can make changes".

Pogba then nodded wide and Arnautovic miscued a tricky dipping ball over his shoulder wide from inside the box in a rare home attack.

Pogba had another disappointing day in midfield.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stated clearly that Frenchman Paul Pogba will be part of his plans for next season and will not leave Old Trafford this summer.

And, speaking afterwards, the Scot admitted that was on the Red Devils' mind.

- Jose Mourinho has managed more matches against David Moyes without losing (13 - W8 D5) than against any other coach in his career. Since the turn of the year, the east London outfit have hosted four of the top six at the London Stadium and they have succumbed to only a solitary defeat against Manchester City.

The result, however, was enough for United to guarantee their highest league finish since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. Phil Jones was less tested, but could easily have given away a penalty had Arnautovic gone down under his lunge late on.

Noble made 68 passes on the night, connecting with nearly 90 per cent of them, and made two key passes as part of his contribution.

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