Man U clinch sec­ond place in West Ham draw

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– Manch­ester United se­cured sec­ond place in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at West Ham on Thurs­day, but there was pre­cious lit­tle else to please Man­ager Jose Mour­inho as the vis­i­tors again strug­gled for in­spi­ra­tion in at­tack­ing ar­eas.

In a game of pre­cious few clear-cut chances, Luke Shaw hit the post and Paul Pogba headed wide with United’s best open­ing.

A third blank in their last five league games for United means lo­cal ri­vals Manch­ester City can seal an­other Premier League


record by win­ning the league by at least 19 points, if they win at Southamp­ton on the last day of the sea­son to­mor­row.


In United’s first game since leg­endary for­mer man­ager Alex Fer­gu­son had to have emer­gency surgery on a brain haem­or­rhage, the vis­it­ing fans showed their sup­port to the 76-year-old Scot with per­sis­tent chants of “We all love Alex Fer­gu­son”.

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

Two years ago to the day, West Ham waved good­bye to Up­ton Park in a thrilling 3-2 win over United on a night of high emo­tion in East Lon­don.

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.

Sur­vival was only math­e­mat­i­cally se­cured last week­end, and West Ham re­main in lowly 15th place.

‘This is just the begin­ning’

- Mo­hamed Salah ap­pears to have poured cold wa­ter on the pos­si­bil­ity of leav­ing Liver­pool af­ter in­sist­ing he wants to win more tro­phies at An­field. Salah will bid to lift his first piece of sil­ver­ware as a Liver­pool player on May 26, when Jurgen Klopp’s side face Real Madrid in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal. Real are among the clubs who have been linked with a move for the Egyp­tian in­ter­na­tional af­ter he has net­ted 43 goals dur­ing his maiden cam­paign on Mersey­side. But Salah said: "I'm very happy here, I'm very happy and ev­ery­thing is fine."Of course I have got am­bi­tions for the fu­ture with Liver­pool.”

LIVER­POOL Moyes un­sure on West Ham fu­ture

- David Moyes is un­sure whether he will still be West Ham United man­ager next sea­son af­ter ful­fill­ing his re­mit of keep­ing the club in the Premier League. Moyes only penned a short-term deal un­til the sum­mer when he was ap­pointed Ham­mers boss in Novem­ber af­ter Slaven Bilic was axed from the Lon­don Sta­dium hot­seat. West Ham suc­cess­fully avoided rel­e­ga­tion with two games to go, yet there have been re­peat in­ci­dents of fans protest­ing at the club’s po­si­tion in the ta­ble. Af­ter West Ham’s goal­less draw with Manch­ester United on Thurs­day, Moyes ad­mits he is un­cer­tain whether he will re­main in the hot­seat. "West Ham are a big club, there's a lot of ex­pec­ta­tion, they want to im­prove ev­ery year. They don't want to be a club flirt­ing with rel­e­ga­tion, and that's un­der­stand­able,” he said.


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