Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is excited about this weekend’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.
And with the possibility of Anthony Martial being fit, he’s got every right to be.
Manchester United are on top of the Premier League, three points clear of reigning champions Liverpool, and we know a win against Jurgen Klopp’s side would bridge a greater gap between first and second.
On top of that, Man City are creeping up the table with a couple of easy fixtures in the pipeline. Liverpool are not only looking ahead of them.
🗣️ Ole: "You’re always excited when you play against teams of Liverpool's quality.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 15, 2021
Solskjaer confirmed at his press conference this morning that Phil Jones and Brandon Williams won’t be in the squad to face Liverpool at Anfield.
However, Martial could return after picking up a knock at the end of Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Burnley.
ESPN writer Rob Dawson reports from the press conference, and provides us all an update after hearing from Solskjaer via Zoom, as seen below: “Solskjaer on his Zoom call this afternoon not ruling out the possibility of Anthony Martial being fit to face Liverpool on Sunday. Only definite absentees are Williams and Jones but says there were ‘a couple of knocks’ picked up against Burnley.”
Solskjaer on his Zoom call this afternoon not ruling out the possibility of Anthony Martial being fit to face Liverpool on Sunday. Only definite absentees are Williams and Jones but says there were "a couple of knocks" picked up against Burnley.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) January 15, 2021
You want your best players available for every trip to Anfield — and United have a number of attacking players who could hurt Liverpool, who have their problems with injuries in defence.
Ole’s quotes on team news, as per MEN: “Well we have as many injuries as them!
“That is just how football is. I will give everyone tomorrow to prove their fitness. Couple of knocks we got at Burnley that I’m not sure about.
“For us form goes out of the window when you play your rivals. We are confident. We are the challengers, they are the champions.
“Our mentality will be to work hard, to be humble and see what we can get out of the game.”