Jose Mourinho will be without Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick for Man United‘s trip to Anfield on Saturday.
English football’s biggest game is now just a couple of days away, as the Reds lock horns with their bitter rivals for the 51st time in the Premier League.
Liverpool supporters have been left deflated by the news of Sadio Mane‘s hamstring injury, but United have problems of their own going into the game.
The midfield battle is going to be key, but Mourinho will have to make do without three of his trusty middle men.
Pogba has been missing since picking up a hamstring injury of his own against Basel in the Champions League last month, and the Frenchman’s return is still nowhere in sight.
Fellaini was struck down by the curse of the international break, like Mane, with the former Everton man suffering knee ligament damage in Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Bosnia.
Meanwhile, Carrick is not around to fill the void left by the two United regulars, after struggling with an unspecified knock in recent weeks.
It means Ander Herrera will be given a chance to prove his worth, having fallen out of favour in 2017/18 – he is sure to be up to his usual antics, acting as Mourinho’s on-pitch master of snide.
Nemanja Matic will anchor the midfield, with Daley Blind a potential option to join the Serb and Herrera in the middle of the park.
Alternatively, Juan Mata could sit at the top of the trio, although Mourinho’s negativity in fixtures of this ilk would a suggest he will field a midfield built around physicality rather than creativity.
This injury news will come as a boost for Liverpool, at a time when confidence is low and United head to Anfield having dropped just two points in the league this season.