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Pogba among Man Utd absentees for West Brom game

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice against West Brom in December but is suspended this weekend


Manchester United will be without Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for Saturday’s Premier League game against West Brom at Old Trafford.

Record signing Pogba, 24, has not recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered in the Europa League last-16 tie against FC Rostov on 16 March.

Jones, 25, suffered a toe injury after colliding with Smalling in England training and could miss four weeks.

Smalling, 27, also suffered a training injury while on international duty.

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic serves the final game of a three-match ban after he elbowed Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings on 4 March.

United will play nine matches in April, including the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht.

Among their seven Premier League games are meetings with leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford on 16 April and a trip to Manchester City on Thursday, 27 April.



  • West Brom have won two of their previous three matches at Old Trafford in the Premier League (lost one).
  • However, their victory in September 2013 was their first away at Manchester United since 1978.

Manchester United

  • Manchester United have gone 18 league games unbeaten (won 10, drew eight), with their last defeat coming away to Chelsea on 23 October.
  • They have not let in more than one goal in a match during their unbeaten run, conceding a total of 11 goals.
  • However, Jose Mourinho’s side have won just one of their last four league games at Old Trafford, drawing the other three.
  • United have scored with just 9.1% of their shots in the Premier League this season; their lowest shot conversion ratio in the competition in a single season since 2004-05 (8.2%).

West Brom

  • West Brom have won just one of their last eight away games in the Premier League (drew three, lost four), with their last victory coming on New Year’s Eve against Southampton.
  • However, the Baggies have only lost two of their previous eight league matches (won four, drew two).
  • Tony Pulis’ side have scored more goals from defenders (12) than any other Premier League team this season.
  • They have outrun their opponents in a league-high 93% of their matches in the Premier League this season (27/29), including the last 19 games in a row.
  • James Morrison could make his 300th Premier League appearance in this match, becoming just the fourth Scottish player to reach this landmark after Darren Fletcher, Paul Telfer and Gary McAllister.
SAM’s verdict
Most probable score: 1-0 Probability of draw: 24%
Probability of home win: 62% Probability of away win: 14%

SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) is a super-computer created by @ProfIanMcHale at the University of Salford that is used to predict the outcome of football matches.

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