Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Diogo Dalot, Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian missed the midweek game versus La Liga giants Valencia, with Head coach Jose Mourinho saying that his injured stars “didn’t train yesterday” but will have a “little introduction to training” today in the hope of being available for selection in the match at Anfield today.
Argentine Marcos Rojo and youngster Scott McTominay were two other casualties of that visit to Spain, either during the game or before the encounter, and will also be examined.
The Portuguese tactician all but confirmed that Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young would start against Liverpool, while the likes of Serbia international midfielder Nemanja Matic, Spaniard Ander Herrera and first choice goalkeeper David de Gea will also possibly return to the starting line-up for this grudge clash.
Herrera and Matic could be joined by Belgium international midfielder Marouane Fellaini in centre of the park, as they were involved in the last Manchester derby, if the former Chelsea boss wishes to try and suffocate the Reds attack, though France international midfielder Paul Pogba is another option in midfielder.
Jose Mourinho prefer a 4-3-3 in that loss to Manchester City and the 2-2 draw against Chelsea, though has utilized a wing-back style in two other clashes with “big six” teams this term – including in the recent match against North London giant Arsenal.
England international defender Chris Smalling, if fit, will certainly walk into the Red Devils backline in whatever system the manager chooses, particularly considering the struggles of Bailly and Jones during the week.
Spaniad Juan Mata, may deputise for French star Anthony Martial on the left-flank, especially if Marcus Rashford is favoured centrally in attack over Romelu Lukaku.
Alexis Sanchez is out with an hamstring injury and Victor Lindelof with muscle strain.