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Jose Mourinho: 'Difficult to motivate Manchester United players'

Mourinho: 'Difficult to motivate players'
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Jose Mourinho admits that next weekend's FA Cup final against Chelsea proved a distraction for Manchester United's players in their win over Watford.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confessed that it was "difficult" motivating his players for their Premier League meeting with Watford.

With second place wrapped up courtesy of their stalemate at West Ham United in midweek, and the title long out of the question, the Red Devils had little left to play for on Sunday.

In the end a Marcus Rashford tap-in 34 minutes into the contest gave United a 1-0 win against Watford, setting them up nicely for next weekend's FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Speaking after the match, Mourinho admitted that it was not simple keeping his squad focused on the final day of the Premier League campaign.

"It was not an easy match because today we did not play for an objective," he told Sky Sports News. "The only one was to try to break the 80 points barrier.

"All the eyes are on the final next weekend. It was difficult to have the players focused and committed."

United won all 21 of their Prem matches this season when they scored first - just the second team to achieve that feat along with Portsmouth in 2007-08.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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