"He's going to be a big favourite here" - Amrabat hailed after first start for Man United 2 months ago

"He's going to be a big favourite here" - Amrabat hailed after first start for Man United

United fans have reason to be excited about Sofyan Amrabat.

Manchester United fans have every right to be excited following Sofyan Amrabat’s first start for the club.


Amrabat started for the first time since completing a deadline day loan move from Fiorentina in the Carabao Cup against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

Despite being signed to play in the midfield position, the Moroccan international was deployed at right back due to a lack of options available in the area.

But even though he played in a typically unconventional role, the 27-year-old recorded a 96 per cent pass accuracy after completing 83 out of 87 passes attempted.

Additonally, he was also able to win five out of his six duels which will come as welcome news for United fans, who have watched their side struggle in the midfield battles on occasions.


Praise from the Sky Sports panel

After the game, fans and pundits sang the praises of the midfielder. Steve Bruce and Andros Townsend admired his performance.


“Amrabat looked a real player…I think he played everywhere but left-back," said Steve Bruce.

"And you can see he's got a physical presence, which will make a him a big favourite here at United by the look of it," added the former Hull City manager.

"I think having himself and Casemiro in midfield, that's going to be tough to break down," added Andros Townsend.


Amrabat admitted that making his Old Trafford debut was a dream come true. He told Sky Sports: “I think it was the perfect night. We played very well and most importantly won 3-0. I played for an hour so I think [it was] a perfect night.

“Since I was a child, I worked for this. I worked very hard my whole career, my whole life for this. To play here is amazing."

“It’s Tuesday and the stadium is full, it’s fantastic. I told the manager I would play wherever he needs me, wherever the team need me, even if it’s goalkeeper.”


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