“Forgot he existed” “Good news” – Manchester United supporters celebrate as rumors indicate midfielder’s departure at season’s end

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Sofyan Amrabat
Sofyan Amrabat

Manchester United supporters agree with the club’s reported choice not to secure Sofyan Amrabat permanently.

According to European football journalist Dean Jones (via The United Stand), the Red Devils are opting against making Amrabat’s loan deal permanent, with the Moroccan midfielder poised to return to Serie A outfit Fiorentina by the season’s end.

Amrabat, 27, arrived at Manchester United on last summer’s transfer deadline day, joining on a season-long loan for a fee of £8.5 million with an option to buy for £21.5 million.

There was considerable anticipation surrounding the Morocco international’s arrival at Old Trafford, as Erik ten Hag’s midfield needed reinforcement, and the dynamic holding midfielder appeared to be a suitable addition.

Sofyan Amrabat
Sofyan Amrabat (Credits: Goal.com)

However, Amrabat has faced challenges at United, featuring in 17 matches across various competitions. He has struggled to secure a regular starting position, with Ten Hag often favoring other options like Kobbie Mainoo, Scott McTominay, and Christian Eriksen.

Currently participating in the African Cup of Nations with Morocco, Amrabat’s absence is expected to extend until February 11 should his team advance to the final stage of the tournament.

Manchester United’s decision not to pursue Amrabat’s permanent signing has been positively received by fans.

One supporter even admitted to forgetting about the summer acquisition:

“I forgot he existed ngl.”

Another fan expressed satisfaction upon hearing the news:

“Good news for the day.”

Sofyan opened up about his injury

Amrabat commenced his loan stint at Manchester United while nursing a back injury detected during his medical assessment. His debut was delayed until September 26, when he showcased his versatility as a makeshift left-back in a commendable performance during a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup.

Throughout his time with the Red Devils, the Moroccan has served primarily as a utility player, also filling in as a makeshift right-back when required. Reflecting on the outset of his tenure at Old Trafford after delivering a standout performance in a 2-1 triumph against Chelsea in December, Amrabat remarked (via Tribuna):

“I started the season with an injury, and typically, you need some time to adjust. But there was no luxury of time; the team required my services, so I had to step in immediately. I’m a fighter; I will never decline when the manager calls upon me.”

Despite his efforts, Amrabat has struggled to secure a regular starting berth under Ten Hag’s leadership, and his prospects for doing so appear slim.

The recent return of Casemiro from a prolonged injury absence, coupled with 18-year-old Mainoo’s impressive breakout season in United’s midfield, further diminish Amrabat’s chances of consistent inclusion in the starting lineup.

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By Ritik

Ritik Katiyar is pursuing a post-graduate degree in Pharmaceutics. Currently, he lives in Srinagar, Uttarakhand, India. You can find him writing about all sorts of listicle topics. A pharmaceutical postgrad by day, and a content writer by night. You can write to him at [email protected]

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