Premier League, round 30 Manchester United vs WBA

Both injuries were described by the United boss as "long-term" when he addressed the media on Friday ahead of this weekend's Premier League game against West Brom at Old Trafford.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have "long-term" injuries following the worldwide break.

Smalling also suffered a knee injury while away with the England squad during the worldwide break and Mourinho concedes the defensive pair aren't expected back any time soon.

Asked how long he expects to be without Jones and Smalling, the United boss said: "I don't know, I don't know".

"They are long-term injuries", Mourinho told reporters. The midfielder has returned from global duty with Belgium nursing a shoulder injury and he will be assessed along with striker Salomon Rondon, who only linked back up with the Albion squad on Friday following his World Cup qualifying exploits with Venezuela. Always the national team deserves to play games but when we have 20 games in a thousand million competitions, and then after the Confederations Cup and after the games, it looks a little ridiculous.

As for Jesus, Guardiola still hopes he will be available to return from a broken foot before the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho believes his job at Manchester United will get easier next season as he settles into a second campaign at Old Trafford. You know that we have also Pogba injured.

United started both Smalling and Jones in the 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough, on April 19. Here's all the info you need about the ground. It'll be nothing fancy from Pulis' side and the onus will be on United to break down one of the league's most resolute defences.

Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne were City's only players to pick up injury worries on global duty but both are expected to be available to face Arsenal.

The Red Devils have already had 33 more shots (463) and 26 more shots on target (170) this Premier League season than they did in the whole 2015-16 under Louis van Gaal.

  • Julie Sanders