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Take a look at how nations fared in their first Test game ahead of Ireland’s historic game against Pakistan.
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CRICKET: IRELAND V PAKISTAN FIRST TEST, 14:00
IPL: RAJASTHAN ROYALS v CHENNAI SUPER KINGS, 18:30
TENNIS: MADRID MASTERS
A forgettable game ended in a drab 0-0 stalemate as Luke Shaw came closest to settling the contest when his first-half effort was turned onto the post.
The dull encounter flared up in the closing stages as West Ham skipper Mark Noble clashed with Paul Pogba – the pair arguably lucky to only walk away with yellow cards.
Mourinho made wholesale changes following Friday’s 1-0 defeat at Brighton, his side showing eight alterations as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were two to drop out of the side.
Alexis Sanchez returned to lead the line but could not inspire the Red Devils to victory – although a share of the spoils was enough to ensure they will finish second to runaway champions Manchester City.
“Any team that goes to this kind match where you need something to get some objective, you fight for that,” said United boss Mourinho.
“The best way to fight for the point was to try to win the match and be safe, which was what we tried.
“But when the game goes to 70, 75 minutes, you don’t win, you don’t lose, you do the job. You get the point.
“We deserved a point, we deserved second position. When it is not possible to be champions, second position is the best available which was what we got.”
Mourinho explained that his squad rotation was merely to get minutes into his players with an eye to the FA Cup final meeting with Chelsea on May 19 and confirmed Martial and Rashford will return against Watford on Sunday.
“It (the thinking) was to play with Alexis and (Jesse) Lingard because they didn’t play the last match,” he added.
“We try to organise a team to get that point but give opportunities to people to play.
“Even those ones who will probably play the cup final, to rest for a couple of weeks is not the best preparation for that.
“Marcus and Anthony played against Brighton, today was for Alexis and Lingard and Sunday is again for Martial and Rashford.”
West Ham boss David Moyes hailed his players for not switching off from the task at hand – despite securing their Premier League survival with victory at Leicester last time out.
“I thought the players showed a great attitude,” he said.
“Sometimes when you get safe you can slip away from it but the players were at it all night and stuck to it to get a thoroughly deserved point.
“The last two games we have got two good clean sheets. Overall, I am pleased with the players all round. They have done a good job.”
Manchester United confirmed on Wednesday that legendary form manager Alex Ferguson is out of intensive care following emergency surgery on a brain haemorrhage.
Ferguson, 67, was admitted to Salford Royal Hospital for the procedure on Saturday after a fall at his home near Manchester.
“Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient,” United said in a statement.
“His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery.”
United’s statement was the first update on Ferguson’s condition provided by the club since saying the procedure on the haemorrhage on Saturday had gone “very well”.
Considered the most successful manager in the history of British football, Ferguson won 38 trophies in just over 26 years in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and the Champions League twice before retiring in 2013.
Earlier on Wednesday, current United manager Jose Mourinho said the club are “very positive” Ferguson would make a full recovery.
The esteem with which Ferguson is held around the world was reflected in an outpouring of well wishes, including from a number of United’s rivals and figures the Scot challenged for trophies during a glorious career.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described Ferguson as “absolutely the boss”.
“All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you cannot find one person who does not wish the best for an amazing person,” said Pep Guardiola, manager of cross-city rivals Manchester City on the day City lifted the Premier League trophy.
“The whole football world is incredible but outside of that as well, from all corners of the globe and different walks of life, people have shown their support,” United club captain Michael Carrick told MUTV.
“That’s the effect he had on people. It was the effect he had on everyone. He means a lot to me, as he does to this club.”