Man Utd ‘to name surprise return’ in Liverpool squad as Erik ten Hag handed major boost | Football | Sport


Manchester United are reportedly set to be boosted by the early return of Mason Mount in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford. Erik ten Hag is in line to profit from four fresh options in the must-win grudge match against Jurgen Klopp‘s side, having previously set Mount’s comeback date after the March international break.

The 25-year-old midfielder completed a £60million switch from Chelsea last year as United’s marquee signing of the summer transfer window.

However, he has managed just 12 appearances and seven starts, registering one assist, in a disastrous, injury-struck maiden season.

Mount hasn’t appeared since starting United’s 1-0 Premier League win against Luton Town in November, in which Christian Eriksen replaced him in the 40th minute.

He was later diagnosed with a calf problem but wasn’t expected to face four months on the sidelines, adding to Ten Hag’s cruel injury woes in his second campaign.

However, The Athletic report that Mount is set to be named in the United squad when Liverpool visit Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

It comes as a welcome boost after Ten Hag previously claimed he expected the England international back in contention against Brentford on March 30.

On Tuesday, United confirmed that Mount had returned to training. And Ten Hag heightened hopes of his involvement this weekend in Friday’s press conference.

“Mason Mount trained all week with us, he had some full sessions with us, so it’s looking good,” Ten Hag explained.

The Red Devils manager also confirmed that Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and red-hot striker Rasmus Hojlund were all available for selection after their respective absences.

Ten Hag is still without key defensive duo Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, while Tyrell Malacia looks set to miss the entire season.

But the returning quartet boosts his options, and Mount’s comeback will be particularly welcome, considering he hasn’t yet been able to get going since his exciting summer move.

Liverpool visit Old Trafford looking to keep their hopes of a dream quadruple in Klopp’s farewell season alive.

The Reds lifted the Carabao Cup in February, are level on 64 points with Premier League leaders Arsenal and have a favourable route to the Europa League final. Atalanta await in the quarter-finals.

But Klopp has injury issues of his own. Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones, Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota, Stefan Bajcetic and Joel Matip are all ruled out for the clash.

Ibrahima Konate is also a doubt, having missed Liverpool’s last two games after being forced off against Sparta Praha earlier this month.

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