The front three United should select against Liverpool

Anthony Martial’s injury problems have dragged on already this season but the Sun report he will be fit this Sunday when Manchester United host Liverpool.

Martial started the season in strong form before injury struck and his reported return offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an obvious blueprint for the weekend clash against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

United going into the match as underdogs but have a rapid front three at their disposal who should be able to cause their weekend visitors some problems if fielded together.

Martial must rejoin James and Rashford in attack

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Marcus Rashford has looked unfit and short on confidence for United so far this season.

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But for England, it has been a different story and Monday’s 6-0 thumping of Bulgaria saw Rashford produce a performance far above anything he has come up with at club level this term.

Returning to the left would give him freedom to face defenders up and run at them, rather than playing with his back to goal and making runs that cannot be found.

Martial was Solskjaer’s pick to lead the line at the start of the campaign, proving himself adept at playing swift one-twos in and around the box, as well as demonstrating composure in front of goal.

Return James to the right

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James started his United career on the right wing, a role that has been woefully neglected for too long at Old Trafford.

Goals against Southampton and Belarus – for Wales – convinced Solskjaer to switch him to the left, but Rashford suits that role better.

The Welshman’s searing pace can see him go down the outside of full backs and even if it limits his goal threat somewhat, he could swing crosses over for Martial and Rashford.

Not many fans could watch United’s insipid display at Newcastle last time out and believe they could beat the side atop the Premier League with a 100 per cent record in their very next game.

But the Rashford-Martial-James axis would give Solskjaer and United their best possible chance of hurting Jurgen Klopp’s side on the break.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.