Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes that the club need to let Sofyan Amrabat go after his loan spell
Former Manchester United player Paul Parker stated that the club should “let go” of Sofyan Amrabat once the loan spell ends. Amrabat has failed to make an impact for United so far this season as the club’s struggle continues.
The Red Devils have lost nine games from 18 in all competitions this season, conceding 30 goals and scoring 25. United have shown vulnerabilities all over the pitch with the midfield department failing to link the defence with the attack.
United manager Erik ten Hag has been unable to build cohesion and team chemistry with a dominant tactical approach. Ten Hag has deployed both cautious and adventurous approaches but United’s midfield has failed in one department or the other.
When the Dutchman deployed a cautious approach, the Red Devils failed to create chances for their attack. United failed to secure the pockets of spaces between the midfield and the defence when they used an adventurous approach.
Speaking to My Betting Sites, Parker gave his verdict on whether Amrabat should stay beyond the current season. He said:
“Amrabat, you’ll have to let him go. If you’re talking about how it’s looking at the moment with the sports side being brought up and you look at what the intentions are for next season, which is a vast improvement on this season, I would say no. After the loan’s done, he goes back.”
United signed Amrabat from Fiorentina on a loan deal during the transfer deadline day last summer. The Morocco international gained a global reputation for his impressive performance in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The 27-year-old played a pivotal role for his country, showcasing tremendous energy, playmaking skills and tackling techniques. However, Amrabat has barely shown any of the qualities he displayed for his nation last year.
Ten Hag has signed many players he had managed in past, particularly from the clubs he managed at Eredivisie. The Dutchman promoted Amrabat from Utrecht academy when he managed the Dutch club.
Football experts have criticized Ten Hag for signing familiar players instead of recruiting according to the quality required at United. Likes of Antony, Andre Onana and Lisandro Martinez have failed due to poor performances or injuries.
Ten Hag has deployed a rigid 4-2-4 formation in the two games right before the November international break began. The Dutchman has not used Amrabat in the formation yet as the 27-year-old has fallen down the pecking order. In the pecking order, Scott McTominay has surpassed the Moroccan, and the struggling Mason Mount also gets preference over him.
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Amrabat should be getting more opportunities during December and January’s congested fixture period. The Morrocco international needs to make the most of those opportunities if he wants United to sign him permanently. However, the chances of that happening look very bleak as the Red Devils would want to spend big on someone much younger than Amrabat.