Caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick remains without several key players, but Bruno Fernandes is available following a car accident on the eve of the “underdogs” Manchester United’s trip to rival Liverpool.
All eyes will be on Anfield when the old enemies meet on Tuesday, when Jurgen Klopp’s men will attempt to climb to the top of the Premier League – if only at night – and the Red Devils look to bolster their hopes of being among the top four.
United’s Champions League qualification chances were dealt a major blow to the arm on Saturday, when their hard-fought 3-2 win against Norwich came as Tottenham and Arsenal fell by surprise.
Rangnick admitted immediately after the win that his players had to up their game if they are to have any chance against Liverpool, but believes they can get a positive result at Anfield.
“It’s up to us,” the interim manager said. “We will definitely travel there tomorrow and try to get the three points. This is what it’s all about.
“It’s not about the situation they’re in, it’s about our own situation.
“After last weekend’s results, we are still in the race for number four, but to stay in that race we have to win almost every game. To start, tomorrow.
“Even though we may be the underdog for most people, we still know that if we raise our level, if we outperform, we have a chance to get three points there and this will be our ambition and our goal for tomorrow. ”
United suffered a humiliating 5-0 home loss in the reverse fixture in October and is available with some bookmakers at 7/1 to win Tuesday’s game.
Their slim chances of beating the team in Klopp’s form are hampered by the continued absence of Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Fred and Scott McTominay.
“Rapha did not train with the team,” the United manager said.
“I was on the field with one of our rehabilitation coaches, but with regards to injured players, we have the same situation that we had in the last two games.”
However, United midfielder Fernandes will be available to face Liverpool after being involved in a car accident on Monday morning.
It is understood that neither party involved suffered serious injuries and the 27-year-old trained with the team later that day.
“Yes, I was training with the team,” he said. “Obviously the accident happened on the way to Carrington, but to my knowledge no one was injured.
“He trained with the team and was good. That’s why I think he will be fine for tomorrow as well.”
Rangnick’s short-term focus comes at a time when United are trying to provide the platform for future success, with Ajax head coach Erik Ten Hag on the box to become the new permanent manager.
When asked about the latest in the manager search, Rangnick said: “I don’t know.
“This is an issue for the club and the board and as soon as there is something to announce I am pretty sure the club will.
“But right now that doesn’t affect our preparation for games like tomorrow or Saturday (against Arsenal).
“We’re fully aware that out of those six games we probably need almost maximum points, but definitely as many as possible.”