Ten Hag: Securing Man United loanee’s future is not a priority at this moment in time

Erik ten Hag not focused on permanent Marcel Sabitzer move to Manchester United

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has admitted that he is not focused on the possibility of signing Marcel Sabitzer on a permanent basis for now.

The Austria international joined the Red Devils on loan in the previous transfer window from Bayern Munich. However, he is set to return to the Bavarians at the end of the season.

Speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag is not concerned about the prospect of the midfielder’s transfer. As things stand, the gaffer is only looking forward to the game against Bournemouth.

Erik ten Hag not focused on permanent Marcel Sabitzer move to Manchester United.
Erik ten Hag did not say whether Manchester United will sign Marcel Sabitzer. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

“We will see but it’s not our main focus, the main focus is Bournemouth.”

United will take on the Cherries away from home on Saturday (20 May) in the Premier League. It is an important fixture for us and a win could cement our place in the top four. Thus, it is understandable that the Dutch manager has his eyes set on the fixture.

Sabitzer was signed by the Red Devils on deadline day in January. The 29-year-old’s arrival has been crucial as it added much-needed depth to the Old Trafford side’s engine room.

The midfielder’s signing came after Christian Eriksen injured himself. The Denmark international has only recently returned to action for the Manchester-based club.

In the last few months, Casemiro has also picked up a couple of suspensions which have seen the Brazilian miss his fair share of matches.

Thus, Sabitzer has come in handy on multiple occasions. The Austrian’s versatility has seen him play in the midfield pivot as well as the number 10 position. In the current campaign, the Bayern loanee has made 18 appearances in all competitions for United, scoring three goals and providing one assist.

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Unfortunately, the 29-year-old will be on the sidelines for the final few fixtures of the campaign. It remains to be seen whether he will don the red shirt once again in the coming months.