West Ham and Man United faced off on Thursday in what was a tiresome 0-0 draw during both side's penultimate league clash for the season.
The likes of Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Phil Jones also started in a much-changed XI in a 3-5-2 formation, but the team failed to gel and did not create many genuine chances.
"It [the thinking] was to play with Alexis and [Jesse] Lingard because they didn't play the last match", he added.
"We came second. I am not totally happy, that is not my nature". But since the moment we felt it was impossible to finish first we had the target to finish second and it is done on Thursday.
A point might be seen as a good result against the team that finished runner-up in the Premier League, but the manner of the performance would have caused consternation.
Manchester United have not won the Premier League title since Ferguson's final season in charge back in 2013.
Obviously, when you know you need a point to finish second, and the game gets to 70-75 minutes, you have a point in your hand, you are not going to gamble to try to win, because you know a point is what you need for second position.
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United's league endeavours conclude on Sunday against Watford; but the priority now is, without doubt, the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 19.
David Moyes will be pleased with the performance of one of his young stars against his former employers, despite having been publicly critical of him for his recent performance during the heavy defeat to Arsenal a few weeks ago.
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"But listen, I ran my heart out for the team this season".
Jose Mourinho has admitted that Manchester United will look to make some "quality" signings this summer. I was wrong but we were positive in the game. "I have to say I have a top end staff and they have been really helpful".