In the latest Manchester United news, Jose Mourinho says finishing the season in second place is not a cause for celebration.
The Red Devils secured the point they needed to confirm their status as runners-up to Manchester City with a goalless draw at West Ham United on Thursday evening.
United were denied all three points by several good saves from Hammers stopper Adrian as for the second Premier League game in a row, Mourinho’s men failed to find the back of the net.
While the Old Trafford outfit have limped over the line in the Premier League, they still finished the season four points better off than they did last term.
Mourinho has come in for criticism for failing to mount a more serious challenge to run away champions Manchester City, who are 19 points ahead of their local rivals with one game left to play.
The Portuguese was pragmatic when assessing what finishing second means to United, claiming the positives come from continuing to take steps in the right direction as a club.
When asked about finishing second, Mourinho said: “I am not jumping around – that’s not my nature or my history. Manchester United are the same.
“The top four is obviously important but it’s better to finish second than fourth and it’s better to be second for months and months and months than losing that position and that control.
“We don’t celebrate second position but we are happy because for a few months, we realised it was impossible to win the league and, of course, the target is the second position.
Mourinho will hope United can go one place better next year and are 6/1 with Coral to be crowned Premier League champions in 2018/19.
Before they can turn to the new season, United round off their league campaign at home to Watford on Sunday before an FA cup against Chelsea on May 19.