Late on Deadline Day, Manchester United signed Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer on loan. In an interview with Bavarian Football Works editor Chuck Smith, he was asked about his thoughts on the deal.
In contrast to his first season in Munich when he failed to find his rhythm, Sabitzer has been excellent this season. During the first half of the season, he played in place of an injured Leon Goretzka. He sacrificed much of his offensive game for Joshua Kimmich to thrive.
The club’s partnership with the player was fantastic but there were a few friction points. In October, Goretzka complained publicly about his role after falling behind Sabitzer on the depth chart. Summer transfer Ryan Gravenberch, who was impatient with the club’s slow-track plan for his return, went on to complain about his role just a few days ago after lagging behind.
How will Sabitzer prove effective for Manchester United?
As a result of his performances, Sabitzer probably earned a starting spot but he maintained professionalism at Bayern. He didn’t complain to the media and kept working until it became apparent that he would no longer be a part of the club this season.
Sabitzer will bring versatility, experience, and talent to United’s central midfield. Depending on the situation, Sabitzer can score, pass, and play a deeper, more conservative role. In Bayern Munich, he reassimilates into a close-knit team despite his attacking prowess. Having been suppressed for two seasons, he could re-channel that part of his game at Manchester United.
In spite of his small stature, he is not the same threat he was three years ago. It is also important to watch his transition to the Premier League. Sabitzer took some time to get comfortable on and off the pitch in Munich.
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