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Mourinho admits being happy with second is against his nature

Jose Mourinho has said he is happy that Manchester United have secured second place in the Premier League, although he has admitted that he isn’t totally happy.

United secured the point they needed to secure second spot in what was a fairly drab game against West Ham at the London Stadium with a 0-0 draw. The result sees them move four points clear of third placed Spurs going into the final day of the season on Sunday.

The Red Devils had looked like challenging recently crowned Premier League champions Manchester City in the early weeks of the season, with the two Manchester rivals going toe-to-toe with each other.

However defeat in the first Manchester derby saw United slip behind the Blues, who have since gone on to open up an incredible 19 point lead after breaking three Premier League records this week.

Speaking after the game against West Ham. Mourinho said:

“We are the second best team in the Premier League, a fantastic competition with lots of good teams with six teams trying to finish first.

“We came second, I am not totally happy that is not my nature. But since the moment we felt it was impossible to finish first we had the target to finish second and it is done today.

“I am not critical of the performance at all. Against Brighton, at half time I told the players they were going to lose and tonight at half time I said we would win.

“I was wrong but we were positive in the game. In the 80th minute we know that a point was enough so we start thinking about that and we let the game go.

“I had no view of the incident at the end [between Pogba and Noble], it was all good. Now we have the objective to finish with more than 80 points.

“It is normal that Michael Carrick is captain at Old Trafford for the last game of his career. David de Gea will be rested, it gives a chance for Sergio Romero to play, I can make changes.”

While Mourinho isn’t happy at settling for second, it is United’s best league campaign since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013 in terms of both league position and points.

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