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Rio Ferdinand doesn’t want Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag playing Victor Lindelof at left-back

Manchester United face Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on Sunday, and manager Erik ten Hag has had some good news.

Mason Mount and Aaron Wan-Bissaka returned to training this week and could feature in the squad.

Injuries have forced the Dutchman to play players out of position, with Victor Lindelof and Sofyan Amrabat featuring as full-backs in recent games.

The Sweden international has played at left back in the last three Premier League games, with Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia unavailable due to injuries, and Rio Ferdinand is far from pleased with the idea.

While the Man United legend admits that Lindelof has been doing well in the position, he wants everyone playing in the correct positions.

“Mad – it’s killing me,” he said on the Rio Ferdinand Presents Five YouTube channel while previewing the FA Cup game.

“He is doing it right, but it is just like you don’t want to have to be doing that. We are playing people out of position, never playing the same back-four, really. (The) midfield changing quite a lot.”

Lindelof has brought his experience and versatility to the table, and Ten Hag will be grateful he has such a player in his ranks.

However, Ferdinand’s fears are understandable as Lindelof will be facing Mohamed Salah on Sunday and he could struggle against the Egyptian.

The Liverpool winger has netted 20 goals and 12 assists in 31 appearances this term. He weighed with a goal and three assists as the Reds ran out 6-1 winners against Sparta Prague in the Europa League last night.

Man United will have to limit the influence of Salah if they are to have any chance of winning on Sunday, and Lindelof has a massive job on his hands.

It is hard to see Ten Hag trusting Amrabat to play in the position, but the Dutchman could opt for Diogo Dalot if Aaron Wan-Bissaka is fit enough to return to right-back for the game.