West Ham force Manchester United to goalless draw

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Mark Noble tries to make up for his lack of reach Credit Reuters

Manchester United wrapped up second place in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw against West Ham United Thursday, but manager Jose Mourinho said after the match it was not something to celebrate.

Alexis Sanchez returned to lead the line but could not inspire the Red Devils to victory - although a share of the spoils was enough to ensure they will finish second to runaway champions Manchester City.

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He's come in and I think the chairman would've told him we need to be a Premier League club next season, full stop. "At the moment we have the same points as the teams around us and we want to achieve as good a position as possible".

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

"Both", Mourinho said. "How many points separate us from Manchester City?" We know we have a chance to improve our position in the next game and we want to do that. Now we have the objective to finish with more than 80 points.

However, Jose, speaking to press before United's midweek fixture against West Ham United, put an end to all such rumours.

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The former England midfielder will play his final game at Old Trafford before retiring to become a United coach, with his 316th and final Premier League appearance coming in front of his home fans at the Theatre of Dreams.

"It's every boy's dream to play in a Cup final so we will see". "We had to get the players in order a little bit after we came in, and we have done that".

"I was very far from it and when I saw the reaction of the players [at full-time] I believe it was nothing extraordinary".

West Ham's Marko Arnautovic hit an early strike straight at David De Gea before the Austria worldwide headed over from six yards.

United are firmly ensconced in second place, while the Hornets have always been safe from relegation danger, and there is bound to be a typical end-of-season feel to the match as United's fans wave goodbye to Michael Carrick the player.

In the absence of the injured Lukaku, Lingard appeared to be United's most likely scorer, though he could not beat Adrian with a 20-yard strike in the 55th minute.

A sliced clearance from Chris Smalling nearly gifted Arnautovic another chance five minutes later, but the Austrian could not readjust his body in time to turn Aaron Cresswell's cross on target. Subs not used: Hugill, Obiang, Hart, Evra, Fernandes, Cullen.

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