Early team news for Liverpool FA Cup tie

Tuesday 12 March 2024 13:22

Manchester United's squad has been boosted by the welcome return of Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of Sunday's Emirates FA Cup tie against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The defender was pictured on the training pitches at Carrington on Tuesday morning, along with midfielder Mason Mount, who has also been absent for the Reds of late.

Wan-Bissaka hasn't featured for United since our 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in January and, with Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire all ruled out at present, it is a welcome boost for Erik ten Hag's backline to see him back out on the grass with the team.

Victor Lindelof, who is naturally a centre-back, has been deputising at left-back in recent weeks but Wan-Bissaka's return is likely to provide further flexibility for Erik, given he and Diogo Dalot have played at both full-back spots this term.

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It remains to be seen whether Aaron or Mason will be in the matchday squad for the visit of Jurgen Klopp's men this weekend, but the timing of their returns is crucial for United, ahead of a busy run-in.

On Saturday, Erik indicated that he hoped Harry Maguire and Rasmus Hojlund may be available for Sunday's tie, in addition to Wan-Bissaka.

As mentioned, Martinez, Malacia and Shaw are still out, with Anthony Martial and Omari Forson also on the sidelines at present.

Erik is expected to give a further update on his team when he conducts his customary pre-match press conference on Friday.


The visitors were boosted by the return of Mohamed Salah in their 1-1 Premier League draw with Man City at Anfield on Sunday, as the Egyptian came off the bench in the second half after Alexis Mac Allister's penalty had cancelled out John Stones's first-half header.

The Merseysiders, like United, have an long injury list, with Joel Matip, Alisson, Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones, Ryan Gravenberch, Stefan Bajcetic and Thiago all ruled out of Sunday's tie at Old Trafford.

Defender Ibrahima Konate missed the match against City but Klopp confirmed before that fixture that there was "a good chance" the Frenchman could will be involved against United.