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Man United star Anthony Martial may be fit for a Liverpool showdown

Anthony Martial could be fit for Manchester United’s top-of-the-table showdown against bitter rivals Liverpool, with the star’s hamstring injury not as bad as initially feared.

  • Anthony Martial hurt his hamstring at the end of Tuesday’s victory over Burnley
  • But the Frenchman moved freely after the match at Turf Moor ended
  • The 25-year-old will be judged by the club’s physiotherapist on Thursday morning
  • Martial could still be involved in Sunday’s game against champions Liverpool

Manchester United will give Anthony Martial as much time as possible to prove his suitability for Sunday’s top-of-the-table showdown with Liverpool at Anfield.

The 25-year-old appeared to hurt his hamstring when he tried to shoot Tuesday night at the end of United’s victory over Burnley and was immediately replaced by Axel Tuanzebe.

Club sources say the injury is not as bad as initially feared and Martial moved freely after the game, but the Frenchman will be assessed on Thursday morning after the players were released on Wednesday.

Manchester United will give Anthony Martial as much time as possible to prove his fitness

Manchester United will give Anthony Martial as much time as possible to prove his fitness

Martial limped off after appearing to hurt his hamstring against Burnley on Tuesday

Martial limped off after appearing to hurt his hamstring against Burnley on Tuesday

Martial limped off after appearing to hurt his hamstring against Burnley on Tuesday

United’s victory over Turf Moor put them three points ahead 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 top scorer of 23 goals loses his fitness battle last season, Edinson Cavani could return to the lead after his start in Burnley, and Solskjaer has other ample options in Mason Greenwood, Dan James and Juan Mata.

Meanwhile, United’s new £ 37million signing Amad Diallo first reported to the Carrington training base after his visa was approved.

United reached an agreement with Atalanta in October – a fee of £ 19 million plus £ 18 million in extensions – but the 18-year-old Ivorian has had to wait for his move to Old Trafford.

Amad Diallo gives his thumbs up when he is officially revealed as a Manchester United player

Amad Diallo gives his thumbs up when he is officially revealed as a Manchester United player

Amad Diallo gives his thumbs up when he is officially revealed as a Manchester United player

Diallo poses for photos at the club's Carrington base

Diallo poses for photos at the club's Carrington base

The attacker cut a happy figure at his unveiling on Wednesday

The attacker cut a happy figure at his unveiling on Wednesday

Diallo poses for photos on Wednesday afternoon at the club’s training complex in Carrington

Diallo, who has only played off the bench twice for his Italian club this season, is expected to train with United’s first team but play for the club’s Under 23 squad as he settles into English football.

“It’s been a bit strange for the past few months,” he said. ‘I had hoped to have played a bit more with Atalanta, but that didn’t work out.

‘I am very happy to be here. I expect a lot from my experience here and I look forward to starting. ‘

It is possible that Diallo will be the only new addition this month with United not expecting a busy transfer window.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s £ 1.8m switch from United to Bayer Leverkusen means Brandon Williams is less likely to be loaned out given the need for full back coverage.

United is in no hurry to let midfielder Jesse Lingard leave on loan for the same reason.

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