Man Utd players look "petrified" of Jose Mourinho, says Paul Merson

Under-performing Manchester United held at West Ham

Under-performing Manchester United held at West Ham

The Red Devils' underwhelming run continued on Thursday night as they were held to a goalless draw by West Ham.

"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", said Mourinho.

In fact, such was the nature of the game that the most exciting moment arrived late into the second half, when Mark Noble and Paul Pogba went at it akin to wrestlers.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday at Carrington, Mourinho said: "How many points separate us from Manchester City?".

Back-to-back blanks indicate United - 19 points behind champions City with one round of games to play - are badly missing leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku, who is battling to recover from a foot injury in time for next weekend's FA Cup final against his old club Chelsea.

That should mean that the ex-Everton manager perseveres with the 3-4-2-1 formation that has helped secure the Irons' Premier League future in recent weeks.

And when players aren't firing, especially Pogba, the whole attack can look stultified, nonexistent.

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The pair clashed during Thursday's 0-0 draw between the Hammers and Manchester United at Wembley. I am not thinking about moving this summer.

Marcus Rashford was the main culprit and speculation about his departure arose the minute Mourinho criticized his performance.

"The next evolution? Maybe I will see you in a few years and you will certainly have a European league over the weekends", he said. There's an area we need to improve and that's goals.

"What does he need to do to impress me?" I have been enjoying it even though it has not been a great season.

Both Allardyce and Moyes, though, will want to go out on a high as they bid to either keep their jobs or secure their next move. I can give you the guarantee that the club doesn't want to sell him. "I have to say I have a top end staff and they have been really helpful".

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.

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