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Mourinho admits being happy with second is against his nature

12 Mai 2018

Jose Mourinho has pushed his side as much as possible throughout, chopping and changing his lineup, alternating tactics and deliberately provoking some of his players at various intervals. We needed a point to finish second, they didn't need anything because they did the job last match at Leicester but they played to win.

Manchester United: David De Gea 6, Victor Lindelof 6, Chris Smalling 5, Phil Jones 6, Antonio Valencia 6, Ander Herrera 6, Scott McTominay 6, Luke Shaw 6, Paul Pogba 6, Alexis Sanchez 7, Jesse Lingard 7.

Manchester City have four players in the league's top 20 scorers, Liverpool and Tottenham have three each. They had made an impressive start to their season under Marco Silva, but it didn't last long due to multiple reasons.

United are guaranteed their best Premier League finish in five years following the 0-0 draw with West Ham on Thursday that sealed second place.

Hammers boss David Moyes and Red Devils counterpart Jose Mourinho both sought to play down the clash in their post-match news conferences.

"If a player gets sold in summer, they wouldn't leave Manchester United crying".

Midfield: Nemanja Matic didn't travel to London for the West Ham game as he was rested so he could be recalled on Sunday with Ander Herrera making way. The things were cooled down fast, but Noble showed at least some fighting spirit from a team that this season often looked disinterested for anything around them.

"Romero plays on Sunday because he deserves that and some other players are going to play because we as a team achieve the second position and we, as a team, are going to play the FA Cup final", he said.

"So I think it was good, competitive". The Devils are now officially runners-up, after Manchester City proved to be unstoppable this season.

"Hugs and kisses and changing shirts, was good, was competitive".

Ex-Premier League forward Craig Bellamy feels that United's squad is lacking in quality but is also shorn of an attacking philosophy.

Neither side has disciplinary issues going into the final game, but United will be keen not to have anyone ruled out of the FA Cup final by receiving a red card in what is a dead-rubber fixture.

Mourinho admits being happy with second is against his nature