Manchester United appear to have no fresh major injury concerns ahead of their game against Liverpool, with Daniel James the only player who was in the squad for Thursday’s win over Roma not pictured arriving arriving at the team hotel on Saturday evening.
Anthony Martial and Phil Jones were the only two players known to be on United’s injury list heading into the weekend, with Martial nursing a knee problem and Jones having not featured for United in well over a year.
Marcus Rashford is in the squad as United continue to manage his persistent fitness problems. Rashford has struggled with shoulder and back injuries over the last couple of years and also hurt his ankle in the derby win over City at the beginning of March.
Paul Pogba is also available after his impressive performance in the Europa League and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about his desire to keep the Frenchman at Old Trafford ahead of the meeting with Liverpool. Pogba’s contract at United is due to expire in 2022.
“You know, of course, I have worked with Paul for a few years. I had him when he was a reserve player as well and he knows my feelings about him that I want him to stay,” he said.
“It’s about creating a competitive environment that we can all thrive in, a competitive team challenging for trophies. They are winners, both Edi [Cavani] and Paul, but they are also human beings. So it’s important they enjoy coming into Carrington every day, enjoy playing for this team and if we can play like we did tonight and if we can go again against Liverpool and they can feel our progress this season then our chances are bigger to keep them.”
On the possibility of Pogba leaving this summer, so United can at least obtain a fee for him, Solskjaer said: “No of course not.
“I have always said with Paul that I enjoy managing him, I enjoy coaching him, I enjoy talking to him and I also enjoy challenging him because he is a winner. He wants to be better and that’s why he listens. You can see he’s enjoying himself here as well.
“He has a smile on his face. It’s important we treat each other with respect and I try to treat everyone with the same amount of respect. But there are some players you have known since they were young lads and that’s the case with Paul that the longer you have known them the easier it is to have a bond with them.”
United’s provisional 22-man squad to face Liverpool
De Gea, Henderson, Grant; Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles, Shaw; Van de Beek, Pogba, Matic, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Mata, Amad, Greenwood, Cavani, Rashford.
*The 22-man provisional squad will be cut down to a 20-man matchday squad an hour before kick-off, with Lee Grant and another outfield player set to be culled.