Jose Mourinho pleased with Manchester United’s attitude during West Ham United stalemate

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho was pleased with the attitude of his Manchester United players as they secured second place in the Premier League against West Ham United.

The boss made eight changes from the side which floundered against Brighton and Hove Albion, opting for a three at the back system to match West Ham’s set-up.

And it was United who created most of the chances, with Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw all going close before the break.

The second half was a mundane affair – its highlight being Mark Noble grappling at Paul Pogba’s face in anger and the Frenchman laughing in response – but Mourinho, speaking after the game, had no problems with the way his players conducted themselves at the Olympic Stadium.

This was never likely to be a game which would raise pulses. West Ham had guaranteed safety while United only needed a point to secure second spot in the Premier League, and what followed in East London mirrored that notion almost perfectly.

United begun with enough ambition, winning the ball in good areas and forcing keeper Adrian into a series of smart saves, but by the hour mark they started to slow down, safe in the knowledge that preserving the status quo would give them second spot and David de Gea the ‘Golden Glove’.

Supporters will get the chance to wave goodbye to Michael Carrick as a player on Sunday before a week of nervous anticipation for the FA Cup final – a game which, just like last season, will essentially determine whether this season has been ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – against Chelsea on May 19.

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