Manchester United star Sofyan Amrabat is a doubt to face Sheffield United on Saturday
Manchester United star Sofyan Amrabat has looked promising in red since joining the club from Fiorentina on a season-long loan in the 2023 summer transfer window.
The Moroccan international arrived at Old Trafford with an injury and had to wait until 23rd September to make his Red Devils’ debut. Amrabat has since enjoyed a decent run of games and to his credit, performed well.
The midfield has been a major concern for Erik ten Hag with injuries and a poor lack of form impacting the balance of the side. Amrabat sat out of Morocco’s final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ivory Coast on Tuesday and is likely to miss out on the trip to Bramall Lane this weekend.
An athletic presence in the middle of the park, Amrabat is an accomplished ball winner whose presence can prove invaluable against a side like Sheffield. The Blades are fighting relegation and should throw the kitchen sink at United, especially at home.
This comes after it was confirmed that Amrabat missed the game against Ivory Coast due to an injury. It is the second time in two months that he has had to be taken off international duty. According to Al Ayam (h/t The Mirror), the nature of the injury is unspecified.
Hopefully, it isn’t something serious as Manchester United seek to win back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this season. With a crunch UEFA Champions League clash against FC Copenhagen also coming, Ten Hag will need his top players available.
Time for another McTominay resurgence?
Amrabat’s potential absence will come as another blow in midfield given that Casemiro suffered a knock while on international duty with Brazil. Should both players prove unavailable or not fully fit, Ten Hag could once again turn to Scott McTominay.
The Scottish international appeared to be on his way out last summer but has now worked his way back into contention. His heroics against Brentford last time out will certainly put him in the club’s good books and he will hope to now get a sustained run of games given our injury troubles.
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United have the option to make Amrabat’s stay at Old Trafford a permanent one for £21m next summer. The 27-year-old is certainly a good fit for Ten Hag’s system but the club will need to ensure that his injury concerns are not a long-term issue.