Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Man Utd secure second after dour stalemate at West Ham

Man Utd secure second after dour stalemate at West Ham

Indeed, the only real spark came in the closing stages when a flare-up required referee Jon Moss to reach into his pocket for the first time.

And fans think Smalling, reportedly on £80k-a-week wages, typifies this new United under Jose Mourinho.

Marko Arnautovic was again West Ham's best outlet, using his power and pace to test David de Gea from 20 yards early on, before Aaron Cresswell's deflected cross caught him off guard and he tipped over the bar.

The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata paid the price for a poor showing on the south coast with the trio dropped to the bench here.

United were developing cohesion and, following Adrian's parry of an Alexis Sanchez strike, Shaw thumped the rebound against the base of the post via a vital touch off the goalkeeper's boot. Replays showed Adrian got a slight touch to frustrate the defender who, like McTominay, is still to get off the mark for the Reds.

In the 12th minute Shaw attempted a cross into the box which was cleared which sparked a counter-attack from the Hammers.

Just before the break, Jesse Lingard went close as he smashed an effort with power on goal but Adrian did well to save, despite appearing to go the wrong way initially.

The £89 million midfielder did have the visitors' best chance when he headed wide just after the hour mark from Antonio Valencia's pin-point cross. Completely out of keeping with the general mood, there was an untidy melee towards the end which resulted in Pogba and Noble being booked.

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).

Subs: Hart, Evra, Fernandez, Obiang, Cullen, Hugill. "You do the job, you get the point, you finish second and you can face the game on Sunday with a different perspective". With the draw, United have clinched the runner-up spot for the campaign and Mourinho may now offer the weekend off to his first-team regulars with the FA Cup final in mind.

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