As we all know, MGA stole Sir Syed’s position on almost every topic in Islam, and via Noorudin, who was once a follower of Sir Syed. Sir Syed denied the return of Esa (as) as well as the Mahdi. In fact, he denied all hadith reports. MGA and his team seem to have been stealing his ideas on the Mahdi in 1890-1891, however, after they heard about the double eclipses of 1894…they changed their mind. Nonetheless, see the quote in the below and decide for yourself.
“ admit the fact/idea that many Mahdis might have appeared previously too and it is possible that [some] may appear in the future too and it is possible that some Mahdi might appear with the name Imaam Muhammad but the manner in which the public has this notion [in their mind], there is no evidence for that.” [RK-3/379 Izala-e-Auham, See Ref P# 5b-39]