Tony Pulis remains wary of Manchester United threat despite absentee list

Smalling and Jones sustained long-term injuries while on worldwide duty with England, manager Jose Mourinho told reporters on Friday before United issued an update on Mata.

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However, it remains to be seen whether Rooney slots straight into the starting eleven due to a lack of options or the Manchester United boss decides to hold him back.

The Germany World Cup victor, who joined United in 2015, trained with the reserves following Mourinho's arrival in the summer, but was brought back into the first team in late October. The winger has not played in a month because of a hamstring injury but will have a late fitness in a bid to prove his fitness.

Defender Axel Tuanzebe, 19, who has made one United appearance is in the squad to face West Brom on Saturday.

"I'm not a silly manager to say I give the names and you have to give me the players - not at all".

United drew an 11th league match of the season and the final whistle was greeted by jeers.

"But I am sure that we are going to do something interesting and to improve our team for next season".

Manchester United's defence for Saturday's home game against West Brom will look a lot different from their last time out against Middlesbrough.

"They have to be team players, they have to understand the team needs, they have to go to the limits, they have to play with small injuries, they have to play with pain, play with fatigue because there is no other chance". Before, we play Anderlecht and after, we play Anderlecht. We want to come back safe and play as few minutes as possible.

He added: "One team had the ball, one team didn't". City plays sixth-place Arsenal on Sunday.

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The Red Devils will also be without the suspended Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the visit of the Baggies.

  • Salvatore Jensen