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Mourinho admits being happy with second is against his nature

14 May 2018

A point might be seen as a good result against the team that finished runner-up in the Premier League, but the manner of the performance would have caused consternation.

Moyes has endured some hard seasons but is certainly helping West Ham dig out from the bottom three.

United have gotten things so wrong on the managerial front since Fergie left and stability it needed back at the club, but fans will not put up with more of the same next season and the problems start and end with the manager.

Paul Merson has pointed out that Manchester United players look "petrified" of Jose Mourinho whenever they attack.

"We need a point to finish second", stated Mourinho.

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"We are the second best team in the Premier League, a fantastic competition with lots of good teams with six teams trying to finish first", said Mourinho in a post-match press conference.

With the Hammers having ensured their Premier League survival last week, and United with little to play for other than the glory of finishing second behind runaway leaders Manchester City there was scant motivation for the pair.

If you asked any Manchester United fan at the start of the season if they'd be happy with at the prospect of 81 points in the Premier League and a place in the FA Cup final, they probably would have snapped your hand off.

"I am not critical of the performance at all".

West Ham boss David Moyes paid tribute to his Republic of Ireland star Declan Rice, as he declared his satisfied with a point. "David de Gea will be rested, it gives a chance for Sergio Romero to play, I can make changes".

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"But listen, I ran my heart out for the team this season".

West Ham skipper Noble would like to see Moyes stay but - if he is to leave - then the 31-year-old believes the Scot can walk away proud of the job done in hard circumstances.

The Red Devils did win the Europa League and League Cup in Mourinho's first campaign in charge last season.

A lacklustre United display was reflected in Pogba again failing to take control of the game. "They don't want to be a club flirting with relegation, and that's understandable", he said.

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Mourinho admits being happy with second is against his nature