"I think we deserved that, the boys deserve that and to be the runner-up is not bad in a league of this dimension and this difficulty".
"If we lose the match against West Ham and we need the point against Watford, I play Carrick the same", Mourinho added.
"If a player gets sold in summer, they wouldn't leave Manchester United crying".
Still, United are in a better position this season than they were last.
David Moyes has cast a shadow of uncertainty over his future as West Ham United manager after insisting he wants to manage a club pushing for a European spot.
Sergio Romero, Alexis Sanchez and Phil Jones are all doubts after missing the Brighton defeat, whilst Romelu Lukaku is out for United's final two league games with an ankle injury.
Hammers goalkeeper Adrian made a handful of strong saves but United's much-changed team failed to produce an inspired performance despite the incentive of playing for a place in the squad for the FA Cup final a week on Saturday. "They're a big club with big expectations and they're looking to improve over the year, they don't want to be flirting with relegation".
In the four previous campaigns since Ferguson's retirement, United's highest finish has been fourth, with fifth-, sixth- and seventh-placed finishes in the other years.
Both players grabbed hold of one another but it was Noble who was arguably the luckier of the pair to only be booked following his angry reaction.
However, having won 13 and lost just one of the previous 18 encounters between these sides, they have been boosted to an industry-best 17/20 (1.85) from 4/5 (1.80) with dabblebet to return to winning ways at the first attempt.
Marko Arnautovic has scored 10 league goals this season.
West Ham no longer a thorn in United's side?
However, that is probably an easier fix than being tactically outsmarted or outplayed by the managers and teams you're competing against for the title.
"There's a lot of players that Mourinho has brought in that I'd question".