United morning news: Early team news, striking-threat and midfield transfer blow

A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United

All eyes will be on Old Trafford this lunchtime as Manchester United host Liverpool in a match David Moyes’ side must win if they want to maintain their slim hopes of Champions League qualification.

In early team news, the BBC reports that both Rafael and Nani are fit to play a part if called upon, while Jonny Evans and Javier Hernandez are also ready to feature if necessary.

The visitors welcome Mamadou Sakho and Lucas back into the fold after injury – a huge boost on both counts.

In the build-up to the game, Marouane Fellaini has been praising United’s front-line as they prepare to come up against the most in-form strike-force in the top flight.

In quotes published by the Manchester Evening News, the Belgian midfielder said, “We have a lot of quality in attack. We have Mata, Rooney, Adnan and Robin, and they offer a great threat going forward.”

And finally, the Mirror reports that Paul Pogba would rather move to Real Madrid than return to Old Trafford.

The French midfielder has been in outstanding form since his switch to Juventus. And while Moyes was reportedly keen to reunite him with the red of United, the paper claims he has his eyes on a move to La Liga.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch