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Manchester United vs West Brom, Premier League

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.

Manchester United won at the Hawthorns the last time the two teams met in December and Pulis admits that his team will need to ride their luck a bit if they want to get anything at Old Trafford this Saturday, despite the injuries and suspensions in Mourinho's squad. "The other four? They have to score a goal", Mourinho said.

"He's in the category of players that I feel sorry for something that I did to him", the United manager said. We want people that if I call or Mr Woodward calls some guy or some agent, we want people who are immediately engaged or dreaming about coming.

The Portuguese also spoke about one of his final conversations with the midfielder before he left England for USA. "I have to be right to you now". "We are not consistent with this, we miss easy chances, we have moments or periods where we push but then a couple of players disappear and there is 10 minutes when you don't see them".

"I had to let him go and now publicly wish him and his wife a very happy life in Chicago".

Meanwhile, the big Swedish striker is serving the second instalment of his three-match ban following that elbow on Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings at the start of March.

The United playmaker made just one substitute appearance in two and a half months earlier this season as he struggled for fitness and form following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

West Brom were the eighth side to leave Old Trafford with a share of the spoils this season, securing a 0-0 draw against a United side that once more failed to translate dominance into clear-cut chances.

Returning to European football's top table remains the overriding objective, but plans to bolster United's squad are under way behind the scenes.

"But what I knew about him was a season full of injuries, a season where he nearly didn't play, a season where he was not even having treatment in the club". The whole United team is geared around supplying Zlatan; however, it has been noticeable that since the Swede has been out of the team that Manchester United look more fluent going forward and attack with genuine pace - providing more options and increased fluency.



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