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“It’s killing me…” – Rio Ferdinand urges Erik ten Hag to change Man United star vs Liverpool



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Rio Ferdinand has explained why one Manchester United line-up decision is “killing” him ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final clash against Liverpool this weekend.

Erik ten Hag’s side have experienced major difficulties during his second season in charge at Manchester United.

One major factor behind this has been the number of injuries sustained at the club this term. There have been almost 50 different accounts of injury or illness since the beginning of the campaign.

A position that has been majorly affected by this has been left-back. Tyrell Malacia has missed the entire season with a knee problem, whilst Luke Shaw has been out of action for around five months this term and is not expected back until towards the end of the season.

Sergio Reguilon’s loan was terminated in January after Ten Hag was told that his two other left-backs would be fit come the end of the month.

Now, Victor Lindelöf appears to be the chosen solution to the left-back problem. The Swedish centre-back has started on the left side of defence in three of the last four games.

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The defender has experienced troubles there in recent weeks, and when he’s lined up there previously. It is not a position where he seems comfortable, especially against direct wingers.

“It’s killing me,” Ferdinand said during the latest Vibe with Five podcast when discussing Lindelöf playing at left-back. “He’s been doing alright, but you never want to be doing that, playing people out of position, never playing the same back four.”

He added: “Midfield is changing quite a lot… Højlund might be back for the game though.”

With Liverpool coming up on Saturday, and Mo Salah likely to start the game, Ten Hag should make a change in the position.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is likely to be fit for the game, and so the Dutchman could move Diogo Dalot to the left side whilst reintroducing his fellow right-back to the team.

The clash kicks off at 3:30pm (UK time) on Sunday afternoon, and it will be shown live on ITV1 and ITVX.