United confirmed the Moroccan’s arrival on deadline day, with the 27-year-old arriving at Old Trafford on a season-long loan deal with the option to make the deal permanent next summer.
Amrabat was not registered in time for Sunday’s game against Arsenal as United suffered a frustrating 3-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium. It appeared Alejandro Garnacho had scored the late winner for the visitors, but VAR ruled the game out for offside and Arsenal scored twice into stoppage time.
This puts United in eleventh place in the Premier League table with six points from their first four games before the international break. Ten Hag’s side still need to find a gear after losing away to Arsenal and Tottenham and struggling in both wins against Wolves and Nottingham Forest.
The United manager hopes Amrabat’s arrival can provide a major boost to the team, who face Brighton in their first home game after the international break before facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League four days later.
When discussing how the new signing will be deployed, Ten Hag explained that Amrabat is ensuring he does not have to “compromise” when selecting a defensive midfielder, while also giving him an option for a more advanced role.
“It was already one of my wishes at the beginning of the season to get another one [number] “Six, a defensive midfielder, in the squad because you need that depth there as the season progresses,” said Ten Hag.
“We only had Casemiro in this position, who can play really well there. With others we have to compromise, but with Sofran Amrabat we have a different one.
“He can also play alongside Casemiro because he can also play a little higher up the pitch. So it’s very good to have him and I think he suits Premier League football, Champions League football very well. I think the demands are high.
“He is very dynamic, he is very good in duels. That’s why we’re delighted to have him at United and I think he’ll contribute to the lofty goals we’ve set ourselves.”
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/erik-ten-hag-sofyan-amrabat-man-utd-transfer-news-b1104801.html Erik ten Hag is confident the signing of Sofyan Amrabat will ensure Man United do not have to make any “compromises” in midfield