Premier League
West Ham0Man Utd0

West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United

Adrian
Manchester United drew their first game of 2018 with Adrian in superb form for West Ham

Manchester United "don't celebrate second position", says manager Jose Mourinho after his side sealed the Premier League runners-up spot with a 0-0 draw at West Ham.

A largely forgettable game sparked to life with a late altercation between Hammers captain Mark Noble and United's Paul Pogba.

United, denied victory by the inspired form of West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, moved four points clear of third-placed Tottenham with one game left.

It means Mourinho's side will finish four positions better off than last year, which was the Portuguese's first season at the club.

And although Mourinho said he felt "OK" about finishing second, he added: "I am not jumping around - that's not my nature or my history. Manchester United are the same.

"The top four is obviously important but it's better to finish second than fourth and it's better to be second for months and months and months than losing that position and that control.

"We don't celebrate second position 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.

David Moyes' side remain 15th in the table after securing their survival against Leicester last week.

Mark Noble and Paul Pogba
West Ham midfielder Mark Noble confronted Manchester United's Paul Pogba in an incident towards the end of the game

Despite West Ham's attempts to generate an atmosphere at the London Stadium for this fixture - by adding huge concourse motifs of their former captains and record breakers - there were a large number of empty seats.

And the game was reflective of an end-of-season affair, with the only moment of note in the later stages being a confrontation between both sets of players following Pogba's foul on Noble.

"It was hardly worth talking about [the incident at the end]. The referee handled it well," said Moyes after the West Ham captain appeared to grab the French midfielder by the neck in a scuffle.

Referee Jon Moss booked both players, who were on friendly terms by the final whistle.

"I was watching the images and Paul and Noble looked in love. Hugs and kisses and changing shirts (at full-time). It was good. It was competitive," said Mourinho.

Media playback is not supported on this device

The verdict on West Ham’s stadium move

Audition for Wembley?

While unwanted results in this fixture [a defeat and a draw] contributed to United missing out on top-flight titles in 1992 and 1995, there was no such importance placed upon this encounter.

With Manchester City confirmed as champions on 15 April, United required a point to seal a second-place finish and manager Mourinho instead appeared to use the fixture as an audition for a place in his FA Cup final line-up against Chelsea on 19 May.

Media playback is not supported on this device

Not my nature to be happy with second - Jose Mourinho

Deploying a three-man defence, the Portuguese boss made eight changes to his starting XI from the one that lost at Brighton, reintroducing the likes of Phil Jones, Alexis Sanchez and Luke Shaw.

Captain Antonio Valencia created United's best opportunity of the first period, which Hammers goalkeeper Adrian expertly parried from Sanchez before brilliantly deflecting Shaw's blistering follow-up onto the post.

England midfielder Jesse Lingard also restated his case for inclusion at Wembley with a lively performance that carried threat without goals - Adrian repelling three of his efforts.

As the minutes ticked down, United appeared to settle for their point instead of chasing all three.

Media playback is not supported on this device

West Ham 0-0 Man Utd: David Moyes says draw is a good point for Hammers

Isolated Arnautovic

After ensuring the club's Premier League survival at Leicester, Moyes said he wanted West Ham "to look up the table" as he sought to end the season with a potential - but unlikely - top-10 finish.

Victory would have drawn West Ham level with Newcastle in 10th place - albeit with a significantly worse goal difference - but the hosts struggled to match such ambition as they exhibited the symptoms of a team that has failed to win consecutive Premier League fixtures since January 2017.

Despite the best efforts of Marko Arnautovic, who has delivered 10 goals since being converted into a central striker earlier in the campaign, the Hammers struggled to impose themselves.

"Our boys showed a great attitude after getting safe at the weekend," Moyes said.

"We have conceded a lot of goals this season so a clean sheet is great. At this stage of the season you don't get great games.

"Declan Rice played very well tonight, the boys at the back did a good job. With a bit more care we would have scored on the break."

Austrian international Arnautovic appeared to have the better of United defender Chris Smalling from the moment he turned past him in the seventh minute and fired straight at United goalkeeper David De Gea from 20 yards.

And while that narrative continued, he too often cut an isolated figure as West Ham's attacking threat amounted to just two shots on target and one corner in 90 minutes.

Man of the match - Adrian (West Ham)

Adrian
Adrian dealt competently with everything thrown at him and made an outstanding double save in the first half from Alexis Sanchez and Luke Shaw

Mourinho maintains record over Moyes - the stats

  • Manchester United have guaranteed second place in the Premier League, their highest position since winning the league in 2012-13.
  • The Reds have kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League side this season (18).
  • West Ham kept only their third home Premier League clean sheet against Man Utd in 22 matches against them (also August 1998 and December 2006).
  • Jose Mourinho has managed more matches against David Moyes without losing (13 - W8 D5) than against any other manager in his managerial career.
  • Manchester United have won just five of their last 18 away Premier League matches in London (D4 L9).
  • 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).

What's next?

West Ham welcome Everton to the London Stadium on Sunday 13 May (15:00 BST) for their final game of the season. Manchester United face Watford at Old Trafford on the same date (15:00 BST) before heading to Wembley to play Chelsea on 19 May (17:15 BST).

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 41Rice
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 16NobleBooked at 88mins
  • 26MasuakuSubstituted forCarrollat 66'minutes
  • 18João Mário
  • 10Lanzini
  • 7Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • 9Carroll
  • 12Hugill
  • 14Obiang
  • 25Hart
  • 27Evra
  • 31Fernandes
  • 33Cullen

Man Utd

  • 1De Gea
  • 25A ValenciaSubstituted forBaillyat 90+4'minutes
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 12Smalling
  • 4Jones
  • 23Shaw
  • 39McTominay
  • 21Herrera
  • 6PogbaBooked at 88mins
  • 14LingardSubstituted forRashfordat 74'minutes
  • 7SánchezSubstituted forYoungat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bailly
  • 8Mata
  • 11Martial
  • 17Blind
  • 18Young
  • 19Rashford
  • 20Romero
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
56,902

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 0, Manchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Manchester United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Eric Bailly replaces Antonio Valencia.

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Ashley Young replaces Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt missed. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Mark Noble (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mark Noble (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mark Noble with a through ball.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford replaces Jesse Lingard.

Delay in match Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) because of an injury.

Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Andy Carroll replaces Arthur Masuaku.

Attempt missed. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Antonio Valencia with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Offside, Manchester United. Luke Shaw tries a through ball, but Alexis Sánchez is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Second Half

Second Half begins West Ham United 0, Manchester United 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City373142105277897
2Man Utd37246767283978
3Tottenham37228769323774
4Liverpool372012580384272
5Chelsea37217962352770
6Arsenal371861373512260
7Burnley371412113537-254
8Everton371310144355-1249
9Leicester371211145255-347
10Newcastle37118183647-1141
11Crystal Palace371011164355-1241
12Bournemouth371011164360-1741
13Watford37118184463-1941
14Brighton37913153450-1640
15West Ham37912164567-2239
16Huddersfield37910182857-2937
17Southampton37715153755-1836
18Swansea3789202754-2733
19West Brom37613183154-2331
20Stoke37612193367-3430
View full Premier League table

Top Stories