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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
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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