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Aaron Creswell: West Ham remain focused despite season nearing its end

14 May, 2018, 00:35 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Premier League: David Moyes unsure if West Ham can match his ambitions as his contract extension hangs in balance

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

The away supporters paid near-constant tributes to former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, the 76-year-old now out of intensive care having had an operation on a brain haemorrhage.

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

United, denied victory by the inspired form of West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, moved four points clear of third-placed Tottenham with one game left.

"In West Ham's case, whether it's David or someone else as manager, they need to be backed in the transfer market considerably better than what we've seen in recent seasons".

Survival in the top flight would also allegedly trigger talks over a new contract, with the 55-year-old now only due to remain at West Ham until the summer.

Mourinho reacted to Friday's 1-0 defeat at Brighton by making eight changes, introducing a back three and utilising fit-again Alexis Sanchez as his main striker.

Mark Arnautovic was the sole bright spot for David Moyes' team, regularly beating his man easily but found himself isolated too often and David de Gea wasn't truly tested over the course of 90 minutes.

Arnautovic then headed another good opening over before United awakened from their slumber.

Speaking after the game against West Ham.

"I have played 36 games and if I play the next game it will be 37".

The £89 million midfielder did have the visitors' best chance when he headed wide just after the hour mark from Antonio Valencia's pin-point cross.

However, their performance was heavily criticised as United have failed to score in consecutive league outings, with Merson feeling their disjointed performance is down to being fearful of Mourinho.

The Frenchman came a lot closer moments later with a strike that curled just past the post from a narrow angle.

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