ANTHONY MARTIAL and Nemanja Matic were not seen arriving at The Lowry Hotel with the rest of Manchester United’s squad ahead of today’s showdown against Liverpool.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 20-man squad were pictured checking in on Saturday night.
It is unclear whether Martial and Matic are injured or simply arrived separately from their team-mates.
There was also no sign of Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia or Matteo Darmian.
Martial, 23, injured his groin in this month’s 2-0 defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain but is ahead of schedule in his fight to return to fitness.
Matic, 30, trained with the squad on Friday and is not believed to be nursing any injuries.
Jesse Lingard was among the United players who checked in at The Lowry Hotel.
United’s England star followed Martial to the treatment table after picking up a hamstring KO against PSG.
But Solskjaer looks to have him available for tomorrow’s huge Premier League clash.
Marcus Rashford appears set to lead the line at Old Trafford after playing in a front-two with Romelu Lukaku in Monday’s FA Cup win at Chelsea.
Liverpool are without Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but have Virgil Van Dijk back in defence after he missed Tuesday’s 0-0 Champions League draw at home to Bayern Munich through suspension.
A win for United would see them consolidate their fourth-place Prem position while seriously denting the Reds’ title dream.
Solskjaer reckons the pressure is getting to Jurgen Klopp and his men as they enter the business end of the season.
He said: “Of course they will feel that pressure — the supporters and players both feel it. It is very difficult to win the league here.
“It is probably the toughest league to win.
“When you look at it, there are only five or six teams that have ever won the Premier League.
“We are not thinking about doing anyone any favours — but I think the whole of Manchester will be supporting us.”
Klopp insists the game is no different to any other.
He said: “Would we like to win the game and go three points in front of City, of course we would.
“Would a victory over United be worth more than three points? No, because we still have to play Tottenham and Chelsea and other difficult teams before the end of the season.
“We actually have three big games this week and United is only one.
“After that we play Watford, who are a really good side and would be in the top six if they could be a little more consistent, then Everton away. They will be approaching the game like a World Cup final after we won at Anfield with a goal in the 96th minute.
“If you are where we are, at or near the top of the table and going for the title, every single game is important.
“United look in great shape, Solskjaer has put them back on track and if we can go there and win it would be a tremendous result, but the three points would not be more significant than any others we might collect.
“If we can stay strong until the end of the season everything will be fine. We cannot allow ourselves to place too much importance on one result.”