Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Half-time at the London Stadium: West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United

Half-time at the London Stadium: West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United

In a boring game with few quality chances, United defender Luke Shaw came closest to scoring when he had a shot turned onto the post in the first half.

"We deserved a point, we deserved second position. I think we deserved that, the boys deserve that and to be the runner-up is not bad in a league of this dimension and this difficulty". I was wrong but we were positive in the game.

There was a more subdued atmosphere from the home fans at the end of another deeply frustrating campaign for the Hammers.

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

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.

The Red Devils now have 78 points from 37 games, four points better off than third-placed Tottenham, while West Ham are safe with 39 points from the same number of games.

"We try to organise a team to get that point but give opportunities to people to play".

Mourinho deployed his side in a 3-5-2 formation with a surprise pairing of Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard starting up front for the visitors.

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However, that failed to provoke an immediate response as West Ham posed the early threat.

Mark Arnautovic was the sole bright spot for David Moyes' team, regularly beating his man easily but found himself isolated too often and David de Gea wasn't truly tested over the course of 90 minutes.

Adrian has been restored in the West Ham goal for the past three games in place of England global Joe Hart, and showed why with a hat-trick of fine saves.

Mourinho made eight changes from the Brighton loss, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford among those dropped, but United could not find a way to beat Adrian, who brilliantly turned a Luke Shaw drive onto the post in the first half.

A lacklustre United display was reflected in Pogba again failing to take control of the game.

Paul Pogba was struggling to exert influence on the game and the midfielder should have scored from Antonio Valencia's right-wing cross, instead heading wide.

The Frenchman came a lot closer moments later with a strike that curled just past the post from a narrow angle.

The tiresome encounter flared up in the closing stages as West Ham skipper Mark Noble clashed with Paul Pogba - the pair arguably lucky to only walk away with yellow cards.

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