‘A bit late’ – Amrabat gives honest verdict about lack of game time at United

Although Sofyan Amrabat is appreciative that Erik ten Hag gave him the chance to start for Manchester United in the previous two games, he believes the opportunities came too late.

Up until last weekend’s Premier League match against Arsenal, Amrabat had only made one start in 2024 in all competitions, in the FA Cup.

Thanks to his impressive performance and ability to provide balance to the midfield, the loanee was able to keep his starting position for Wednesday night’s match against Newcastle.

Once again displaying his skills, Amrabat made a crucial challenge in the first half to deny Anthony Gordon the chance to score after Casemiro was taken out of the game.

United aren’t expected to trigger their option to sign Amrabat on a permanent deal for €25m and the player was in a reflective mood when speaking to MUTV.

“I’m very happy we won today,” he said. “That’s the most important thing, but of course, it’s nice to show yourself, although it’s still not Sofyan Amrabat at the best I can play.

“I think it’s my second game now in four or five months that I’ve played 90 minutes, so I’m 100 per cent normal, but I’m happy I played good and the team played good.

“Against Arsenal, we deserved more and when we play like this, we’re difficult to play. I think in general in football, when you play good and win games, it gives you confidence.”

Amrabat continued about his future: “It’s not been easy because everyone wants to play, I’ve been patient and always ready for the team when they need me, whether for one or 10 minutes, I always give my best.

“You can just work hard and wait for the chance to come. That chance might have come a bit late in the season [laughs] but I’m happy it did.”

Ten Hag, who previously worked with Amrabat at Utrecht, pushed to sign his former player last summer but has given him sporadic opportunities to play.

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