Wayne Rooney hasn't asked to leave Everton, says Sam Allardyce

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Wayne Rooney (l) and Sam Allardyce

Everton manager Sam Allardyce is unsure as to what the future holds for Wayne Rooney.

Reports on Thursday claimed the former England captain has already agreed a deal with Major League Soccer side DC United.

However it is claimed he has not yet decided whether he will leave Everton as he is waiting for the uncertainty over Allardyce’s position to be resolved.

“My understanding is there seems to have been some negotiation along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or going we’ll see later on,” Allardyce said.

“I don’t get involved in transfers but there seems to be an interest from DC United. Only when I speak to him today I’ll find out where the situation lies.

“I’m comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let’s get this clear, Wayne Rooney hasn’t asked to leave.”

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Manchester United seal second spot in Premier League with drab draw against West Ham

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United were off-colour in a dull 0-0 draw against the Hammers.

West Ham and Manchester United played out a dull goalless draw at the London Stadium – although the result was enough to see Jose Mourinho’s side secure second place in the Premier League.

Luke Shaw had a strike turned onto the post in the first half in a game bereft of quality and decent chances.

The point means United will finish as best of the rest behind runaway champions Manchester City while David Moyes‘ Hammers move within two points of the top half with a game remaining.

Two years to the day since West Ham won this fixture, the last at their old Upton Park home, and the stage could not have been further removed. There were empty seats, a lack of atmosphere and two sides lurching towards the end of fairly disappointing league campaigns.

Mourinho reacted to Friday’s 1-0 defeat at Brighton by making eight changes, introducing a back three and utilising fit-again Alexis Sanchez as his main striker.

The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata paid the price for a poor showing on the south coast with the trio dropped to the bench here.

The away supporters in attendance paid near-constant tributes to former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, the 76-year-old now out of intensive care having had an operation on a brain haemorrhage over the weekend.

West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic hit an early strike straight at David De Gea before the Austria international could only head over from six yards after Chris Smalling made a mess of clearing Aaron Cresswell’s cross.

Pogba had another disappointing day in midfield.

Pogba had another disappointing day in midfield.

United’s first decent chance came at the midway point of the first-half and fell the way of Scott McTominay – but Mourinho’s choice for player of the year could only arrow a shot wide of Adrian’s goal.

Jesse Lingard forced the Spanish goalkeeper into his first save moments later with a drive from a similar position.

The visitors started to take control of the contest, Sanchez drawing another stop from Adrian before the West Ham stopper turned Shaw’s follow-up strike onto the post.

West Ham reacted, Cresswell firing wide from long-range before Joao Mario turned an Arnautovic cross behind from six yards.

Adrian was again on hand to keep out Lingard’s strike on the stroke of half-time as the teams headed in level at the break.

Paul Pogba headed wide as the half wore on without any real drama, Moyes turning to Andy Carroll with 25 minutes remaining after the pair buried the hatchet following a falling out in the aftermath of the defeat to Manchester City.

Mourinho turned to Rashford in an attempt to sway the game in favour of United, who were again below-par just over a week before their FA Cup final date with Chelsea.

The game seemed to be petering out before a flare up between the sides as Pogba’s foul on West Ham skipper Mark Noble led to a fracas.

Both players grabbed hold of one another but it was Noble who was arguably the luckier of the pair to only be cautioned following his angry reaction.

That proved to be the final action of note as a poor game deservedly ended with no side able to muster up a winning goal.

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Manchester United player ratings as Scott McTominay gets 7 while Paul Pogba disappoints against West Ham

Denzil Pinto 11/05/2018
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Impressive: Scott McTominay of Manchester United

It wasn’t a classic by any means but Manchester United sealed second place in the Premier League after a 0-0 draw against West Ham on Thursday night.

Jose Mourinho made eight changes to Friday’s defeat against Brighton with the likes of Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford  dropped for the clash in east London.

That saw Alexis Sanchez recalled as well as Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.

Here, we rate the performances of United’s players.

DAVID DE GEA: 6 – Called into action after seven minutes but was largely a spectator for the rest of the game.

VICTOR LINDELOF: 7 – Playing as part of a three-man defence didn’t faze the Swede. Looked strong and hardly put a foot wrong.

CHRIS SMALLING :  7 – Was fortunate to see his sliced clearance wasted by Marko Arnautovic. Gradually improved as the match went on.

PHIL JONES: 7 – Another solid display by the English centre-back. Used all his experience to cut out the danger and frustrate the West Ham attack.

ANDER HERRERA: 6 – Proved why he was recalled to the side with a strong game in midfield. Didn’t have much chances going forward but did his job in the middle of the park.

SCOTT MCTOMINAY: 7 – Went close twice early on with the Scottish international showing why he was named Jose Mourinho’s Player of the Year.

LUKE SHAW:  7 – Handed a rare start and the 22-year-old made the most of it with  solid show. Was nearly rewarded with his first career goal when he struck the post.

ANTONIO VALENCIA: 6 – One not afraid to go forward but showed his strength defensively with seven tackles in the first half.

PAUL POGBA: 5 – A quiet first-half by his own standards. Upped his tempo in the second half but another disappointing night for the Frenchman.

JESSE LINGARD: 7 – His pace and movement caused West Ham problems. Unlucky not to find the back of the with his three shots on target.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ:  6 – Frustrating night for the Chilean. Although he had the skill to beat the West Ham defence, wasn’t dangerous in front of goal.

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