Pogba returns to training in boost for United

Sadly not for the Red Devils, with Mata's wisdom and capability to carve teams start missed as United failed to break down a well-organised West Brom side.

Towards the end of the game, Rashford told the captain to step away before he hit a free kick from 30 yards.

Jose Mourinho was disappointed with Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitartyan.

"In some other clubs where you are playing for the top 10, any player with talent is welcome, even if that talent is not consistent, even if that talent is one day yes, one day no". There are acceptable ways of securing a draw and to take overlong at throw-ins and goal-kicks and hoof the ball aimlessly upfield is not one of these.

"And the other ones were not consistent".

Speaking after the game, Mourinho nailed his analysis by saying that United's six defensive players were "phenomenal with their attitude", while their four attacking players "could not score a goal".

"This is deja vu all season", said Mourinho.

"The group plays very well together, they play very compact but we had opportunities to spring out of it like against Arsenal. You see always the same people, always the same guys - always the same guys in front of the train pulling the train".

Asked by a BBC television reporter if the teams had cancelled each other out, an incredulous Mourinho replied: "I am sorry to say, but it is a silly question".

Key Opta stats: - This is now Jose Mourinho's longest unbeaten run in the Premier League (W10 D9) since October 2005 (40 games with Chelsea). "I think clearly they are long-term injuries, and Pogba I have no idea". Without any doubt, Manchester United is today's favorite team and they will win this match by 3-1 according to our predictions. West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "I thought we were really resilient and well set-up in lots of respects".

"They want to finish top ten and one more point for them at Old Trafford is good for them".

But his side are still four points short of the fourth Champions League spot, having won only four and drawn eight of their last 12 league games at Old Trafford.

"I'm not critical of it", he said.

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

"They deserve a little bit more [of a rest] - but we have to do it, so let's go".

"Today we kept giving the ball back to United and we have to do better in that respect".

The visitors lined up similarly to how they did against the Gunners, planning to sit deep and hit United on the break, possibly stealing a goal in what would be a hard match for the Baggies.

  • Julie Sanders