Manchester United forward Anthony Martial will return to training this week, raising hopes he could be fit to face rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
Martial has missed eight games with a hamstring injury after scoring twice in the opening three games of the season.
Providing the 23-year-old France international suffers no reaction, he will come into contention to face Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders.
Liverpool go to Old Trafford having won their opening eight league games.
United are just two points above the relegation zone, have only won two league games this season and have not scored more than once in any game since the 4-0 win against Chelsea on 11 August.
Martial’s absence has been a huge blow for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who wanted him to fill the number nine role following the summer exits of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.
Inter Milan have agreed a loan deal to sign forward Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United.
If a deal goes through, Sanchez will link up with ex-United team-mate Romelu Lukaku, the striker having joined the Serie A club for £74m this summer.
However, Inter have not agreed an option to buy Sanchez at the end of the loan agreement.
United’s highest earner, Sanchez is thought to earn around £400,000 a week, a figure way outside of Inter’s current pay structure.
It has been suggested United may subsidise his salary as part of a deal and last week Inter offered to pay £150,000 of Sanchez’s weekly wages, but United wanted more.
Sanchez has had a disastrous 19 months at Old Trafford since leaving Emirates Stadium in January 2018, scoring just five times in 45 appearances.
He scored twice last season and only once in the Premier League and, had he stayed at the club, would have predominantly played in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to give more opportunities to teenage forward Mason Greenwood, who has made three substitute appearances so far this season.