Manchester United’s top-four hopes took a hit as they were held to another 0-0 draw in the Premier League at Old Trafford, this time by West Brom.

Jose Mourinho’s side dominated proceedings but were once again lifeless in attack as they had to settle for a draw for the eighth time in 15 home matches in the top flight this season.

Captain Wayne Rooney was fit enough to return to the bench but United, who were again missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic through suspension, offered little invention in the final third against a West Brom side who sat back and frustrated the hosts in impressive fashion.

Anthony Martial missed the only good chance of the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan was denied twice after the break, but Tony Pulis’ side – 3-1 winners over Arsenal last time out – rarely looked overly stretched despite having less than 25 per cent of the ball.

The hosts kept up the pressure late on but failed to produce a moment of inspiration to break the deadlock in their first of nine matches in what promises to be a gruelling April, and goalkeeper David de Gea almost handed the visitors a goal in the dying minutes to compound their frustrations.

The draw also means that they could be six points adrift of the Champions League places if Manchester City beat Arsenal on Sunday.

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