Numbers Crunch: A statistical comparison between Manchester United and West Brom

Manchester United host West Brom in the Premier League this weekend and would look to improve their recent home record against the Baggies. The Red Devils have lost two of their last three games against Tony Pulis' side and would be looking to secure a much-needed win to bolster their chances of reaching the top 4.


Manchester United are severely hampered by injuries and suspensions that could prove to be a major stumbling block in their road to the top 4. Defenders Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and influential midfielder Juan Mata are expected to miss the rest of the season with injuries whereas leading goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the game through suspension. World record signing Paul Pogba is also nursing an injury and if United are to have any chances of reaching the top 4, they need their fringe players to fire.


Captain Wayne Rooney has spent the majority of the season on the bench but has a phenomenal record against the Baggies. Rooney has scored 7 goals and assisted 5 in the last 10 games between the two sides.


West Brom boast 12 goals by defenders this campaign – the most by any side. They would look to continue their love story with set pieces and United will have to be wary of their threat.


Another department where United need to improve is their accuracy in front of goal.The Red Devils have scored with just 9.1% of their shots this season, their lowest since the 2004-05 season.


Another contrasting feature between the two teams is their distance covered in the match. West Brom have outrun their opponents in 93% of their games, the most in the league. On the other hand, United have a poor record on this front. Mourinho's side have been outrun by all but three sides in 27 Premier League games. Surely he would expect a better work rate from his players.


On the head to head front, in 119 games between the two sides, United have won 55, West Brom 31 and 43 have ended in a draw. Expect a fiercely contested battle between the two teams.

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