Manchester United must know that it is a possibility that they will spend another season in the shadow of their formidable neighbours. The most famous club in England are 19 points behind Manchester City with one game remaining and while this forgettable draw secured second place for José Mourinho’s spluttering team, that will not be cause for celebration when they consider the ease with which Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking champions have cantered into the distance.
The gap is vast and United will struggle to cut it as long as they continue to toil against opponents as limited as West Ham. Mourinho argued that a point was a respectable reward but United’s fans, who spent much of the second half bellowing their support for the hospitalised Sir Alex Ferguson on a drab night at the London Stadium, must be concerned at their team’s negative approach.
Written by Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/10/west-ham-manchester-united-premier-league-match-report under the title “West Ham make point and Manchester United confirm second-place finish”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.