MAN UNITED SECURE SECOND PLACE IN PREMIER LEAGUE

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Manchester United goalie David de Gea has won his first Golden Glove award

MAN UNITED SECURE SECOND PLACE IN PREMIER LEAGUE

West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United

With 18 clean sheets for the season, Red Devil’s “Player of the Year” goalie David de Gea has won his first Golden Glove award after he held West Ham United scoreless in a 0-0 draw with Manchester United’s at Olympic Stadium in London on Thursday evening. With one point from the stalemate, Manchester United has secured their second-place finish with 78 points on the Premier League Table as United earn a top-three finish for the first time since former manager Six Alex Ferguson retired.

Before the game, Jose Mourinho was asked what his intentions were from the match with West Ham.

“A point. We need a point. We have two matches for that, but hopefully, we can do it today. Are we going to play for the point? No. We’re going to try to win. But we have a clear objective for these two matches, which is to finish second. And to finish second, we need a point.”

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Manchester United No.1 goalkeeper David de Gea

Squads

After their loss to Brighton on Friday Manchester United jettisoned Rojo, Young, Darmian, Mata, Fellaini, Matic, Martial, and Rashford, and brought in Lindelof, Jones, Valencia, Herrera, McTominay, Shaw, Lingard and Sanchez. 

West Ham United, manager David Moyes

Adrian, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku, Joao Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic. Subs: Carroll, Hugill, Obiang, Hart, Evra, Fernandes, Cullen.

Manchester United, manager Jose Mourinho

De Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Jones, Valencia, Herrera, McTominay, Shaw, Lingard, Sanchez, Pogba. Subs: Bailly, Mata, Martial, Blind, Young, Rashford, Romero.

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

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David Moyes, West Ham United manager

West Ham boss David Moyes said he is keeping Sir Alex Ferguson and his family in his thoughts after the legendary manager's recent health scare. Sir Alex was rushed to hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage, where emergency surgery was performed on the former Manchester United boss. Further updates state that the 76-year-old is now on the road to recovery, a fact that fellow Scotsman Moyes is happy to learn. Moyes took over from Sir Alex at Manchester United in 2013, after Sir Alex decided to end his highly successful 26-year career in charge of Man United. The new Hammers manager is keeping his old colleague and his family on his mind while they battle against his condition. Moyes revealed he was informed of Sir Alex's ill health during the journey back from his side's 2-0 victory at Leicester City and hopes he is on the mend.

"We were all devastated when we heard the news, after the game on Saturday, coming back from Leicester," Moyes said. "If the news is correct, and Sir Alex is doing well, then we are thrilled, we really are.  "I’ve not had any more news than what I’ve been picking up in bits and pieces from the media. We will be thinking about him and his family. I know them all very well and I just hope he is sitting up in bed, and he is watching this news conference."

Moyes claimed a second successive win after securing their Premier League safety.

“There is no let up from the start. The further we get up the league the more money for the club, so we’ve got to try to win the games. At home, we’ve always got a chance.”

David Moyes says West Ham United must strive to find a greater level of consistency in their performances next campaign. Moyes led the Hammers to Premier League safety with a 2-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday. After the match, Moyes spoke about how to ensure West Ham is not dragged into another relegation battle in 2018-19. With all three promoted teams potentially staying up and three seemingly established Premier League clubs facing the drop, the 2017-18 season has been among the most competitive in recent history. West Ham could yet secure a top-ten finish, despite the fact they have spent virtually the entire season in the bottom half. West Ham will have to win 3 straight league games. I want to be challenging the top teams.

“I always felt that the team was good enough to be looking up the league, rather than down, but there were some games we’d really have like to have done a lot better in, but we didn’t,” said Moyes. “With the runs teams like West Brom and Crystal Palace have been on, the bottom half of the league has been pretty exciting this season and I don’t think there is any guarantee that any one team is necessarily that much better than another. I must say, I think the three promoted teams who came up really put the cat among the pigeons when they found their form. I think it’s hard to judge how I’ve done this season. I actually would like to be a manager who wins games regularly. I don’t want to be a manager who is battling around relegation. I want to have winning teams. I had eleven years of, in the main, winning teams, and that’s what I want to do. I want to be challenging the top teams and have a team that, most weeks, I have an idea of what their level of performance will likely be, because that means I’m feeling a lot better every week, rather than wondering if we are up or down. Some of our performances here have been excellent and some I’ve wondered ‘Where did that come from?’. Consistency is getting yourself at a level of play and building it, and everybody would like consistency.”

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Paul Pogba

Manager Jose Mourinho expects midfielder Paul Pogba will be at Manchester United next season, despite rumors of a possible summer departure. The 25-year-old France international has struggled to live up to the £89million fee which was paid by United to Juventus in the summer of 2016 to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford for a second spell.

“I think he's going to be here next season, that's my feeling”, said Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho said that he is not in any mood to move the player on. The Portuguese said ahead of Thursday night’s trip to West Ham:

"I think he's going to be here next season, that's my feeling. I can give the guarantee that I don't want him to leave, that the club doesn't want to sell him, and I can give you the guarantee that we don't have any approach from him or his agent or from any club. In this moment, for me, he's staying, yes."

Pogba has scored 15 goals in 85 appearances in all competitions since his return to United, having spent the previous four seasons with Italian giants Juventus.  And Mourinho was also quick to dismiss suggestions that Rashford could be loaned out next season, having made more Premier League appearances as a substitute rather than a starter so far this term.

"What does he need to do to impress me? He impresses me, that's the reason why he was selected for every match of the season, absolutely every match of the season. That's why he played in so many of them, so he doesn't need to leave to play. He doesn't need anything," Mourinho retorted.

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Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll had hoped to repay the support of the Claret and Blue Army by signing off the season with a couple of goals in West Ham United’s final two Premier League matches. The center forward has scored only 3 goals in 17 appearances during a stop-start campaign interrupted by groin and ankle injuries. All 3 goals were vital to the Hammers’ successful bid to avoid relegation. Carroll scored twice in the home win over West Bromwich Albion and next scored a last-gasp equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Stoke City, the No9 wants to hit the net again when West Ham host Everton to reward the fans who sang his name throughout Saturday’s vital 2-0 victory at Leicester City.

“The fans were brilliant, we were brilliant and the other results went our way, too,” said Andy Carroll. “Saturday was brilliant. For me personally, coming on after they were singing my name while I was warming up on the touchline was really good. I didn’t really expect it, to be honest, but our fans chose to get behind me and it was nice to hear. It was a good game for us. The lads stuck together and we deserved it, really. I thought we played well and it was a good day all round. The fans were brilliant, we were brilliant and the other results went our way, too.”

Carroll almost made it four at the King Power Stadium.

“I could have had a goal, but I decided I’d take it out wide instead and hold a couple of their players off by the corner flag in front of our fans, just to show off my strength! Being serious, I should have probably taken a better touch and scored. It would be nice to have some more minutes on the pitch. Getting 15 or 20 minutes the other day was good, so it would be nice to get out there again in the last two games and get a goal or two. After that, I’ll take Billi and the kids away for a nice chilled holiday and keep myself ticking over before coming back in for pre-season training.”

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Javiar Hernandez - "Chicharito" celebrates with his West Ham teammate Marko Amautovic

Chicharito

West Ham footballer Chicharito shared his affection for Sir Alex Ferguson as his former Manchester United manager continues to recover following his brain hemorrhage and surgery. Sir Alex brought the Mexican striker to Old Trafford from Guadalajara in 2010. Ferguson was taken ill on Sunday and underwent emergency surgery. The Red Devils issued a statement on Wednesday evening confirming that the legendary Scottish manager is out of intensive care and will continue to be treated as an inpatient. Chicharito welcomed his old club to London Stadium on Thursday evening for what turned out to be a nil-nil stalemate between West Ham United and Man United. “Little Pea” welcomed the news that his old boss’s health is improving. Chicharito enjoyed three outstanding seasons under Sir Alex at Manchester United, winning two Premier League titles and scoring 50 goals.  

“Sir Alex gave me the chance to be here in Europe and to play with one of the best teams in the world. He’s like a father. I was really shocked about the news,” said Chicharito. “I found out when West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady, who had suffered a similar illness, shared her thoughts and prayers for Sir Alex and she let me know via WhatsApp. Thankfully, the news is that he is already getting better and improving, so all my thoughts and prayers are also with him and his family. I can’t imagine what they are going through right now, but hopefully, Sir Alex can stay strong, keep improving and we can keep him in this world. He’s been fundamental to my life and my career. He gave me the chance to be here in Europe and to play with one of the best teams in the world. He’s like a father. He treated me well and welcomed me in a very good way and I thought we spent three very good years together at Manchester United.”

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Manchester United v Watford

Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will make further squad changes for Man United’s final Premier League game of the season against Watford on Sunday, May 13th. The Portuguese has confirmed the identity of four starters for Sunday’s match. The boss has said that Sergio Romero will play in goal against the Hornets, in place of David De Gea. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will start after starting on the bench against the Hammers. Mourinho stated that captain Michael Carrick will start Sunday’s league finale, for what will be the 36-year-old midfielder’s final appearance at Old Trafford before hanging up his boots at the end of the season to take up a coaching role among Jose’s staff.

“Romero plays on Sunday because he deserves that and some other players are going to play because we as a team achieved the second position and we as a team are going to play the FA Cup final,” said Mourinho after Thursday’s game. “It is normal that Michael Carrick is captain at Old Trafford for the last game of his career. David De Gea will be rested, so it gives a chance for Sergio Romero to play. I can make changes. Marcus and Anthony played against Brighton. Today it was for Alexis and Jesse Lingard to play and Sunday is again for Martial and Rashford.”

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Manchester United tickets

United will look to sign off their 2017-18 Premier League campaign with a victory on Sunday, with kick-off at 15:00 BST at the Theatre of Dreams, ahead of the Emirates FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, May 19. Great seats and last minute tickets are available for the home match against Watford at Old Trafford and for the FA Cup Final against Chelsea on May 19th at Wembley Stadium in London.

May 13 2018

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David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United and Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United speak prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium on May 10, 2018 in London, England.