Anthony Martial could be fit for Manchester United’s top-of-the-table showdown against bitter rivals Liverpool, with star’s hamstring injury not as bad as first feared
- Anthony Martial hurt his hamstring at the end of Tuesday’s win at Burnley
- But the Frenchman was moving freely after the game at Turf Moor finished
- The 25-year-old will be assessed on Thursday morning by club’s physios
- Martial could yet be involved in Sunday’s clash against champions Liverpool
Manchester United will give Anthony Martial as much time as possible to prove his fitness for Sunday’s top-of-the-table showdown with Liverpool at Anfield.
The 25-year-old appeared to hurt his hamstring as he attempted a shot at the end of United’s win at Burnley on Tuesday night and was immediately replaced by Axel Tuanzebe.
Club sources say the injury is not as bad as first feared and Martial was moving freely after the game, but the Frenchman will be assessed on Thursday morning after the players were given Wednesday off.
Manchester United will give Anthony Martial as much time as possible to prove his fitness
Martial limped off after appearing to hurt his hamstring late on against Burnley on Tuesday
United’s victory at Turf Moor took them three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to use Martial’s pace against the champions.
However, if United’s 23-goal top-scorer last season loses his fitness battle, Edinson Cavani could lead the line again after starting at Burnley, and Solskjaer has other wide options in Mason Greenwood, Dan James and Juan Mata.
Meanwhile, United’s new £37million signing Amad Diallo reported to the club’s Carrington training base for the first time after his visa was approved.
United agreed the deal with Atalanta — a fee of £19m plus £18m in add-ons — in October, but the 18-year-old Ivorian has had to wait for his move to Old Trafford.
Amad Diallo gives the thumbs up as he is officially unveiled as a Manchester United player
Diallo poses for pictures at the club’s Carrington training complex on Wednesday afternoon
Diallo, who made just two appearances off the bench for his Italian club this season, is expected to train with United’s first-team squad but play for the club’s Under 23 side while he settles into English football.
‘It’s been a little bit strange these last few months,’ he said. ‘I would have hoped to have played a little bit more with Atalanta, but it wasn’t possible.
‘I’m very happy to be here. I’m expecting a lot from my experience here and I’m looking forward to starting.’
It is possible Diallo may be the only new signing this month with United not expecting a busy transfer window.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s £1.8m move from United to Bayer Leverkusen means it is less likely Brandon Williams will be loaned out given the need for cover at full back.
United are in no hurry to let midfielder Jesse Lingard leave on loan for the same reason.
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