Austrian international, Marcel Sabitzer has joined Manchester United on loan from Bayern Munich for the remainder of the 2022/23 season in the final hours of the January transfer window.
The midfielder launched his trade in Central Europe with Austrian Regionalliga side, FC Admira Wacker II before moving north to the Bundesliga, where he established himself as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in Europe.
Sabitzer joined Bayern from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2021, but has started only 7 games in 24 appearances for the Bundesliga champions in all competitions this season.
His arrival to Old Trafford is one which should see him fill in for Christian Eriksen, who has been ruled out with an injury until at least April.
Upon arrival, the 28-year-old said:
“Sometimes in life you have to make quick and important decisions. From the moment I heard about this opportunity I knew it was right for me.”
“I am a competitive player; I want to win and help the club achieve its aims this season.”
“I feel that I am at my peak as a player, and that I can contribute a lot of experience and energy to the squad. I am excited to start with my new team-mates and manager and to show my qualities to Manchester United fans,” Sabitzer told the club website.
Manchester United football director John Murtough speaking to the media team on the new arrival said:
“Marcel is a player that we have watched for a long time”.
“The opportunity arose quickly, and we knew that he was someone with the ability and character to make an impact. He adds further quality to our squad and experience to the dressing room, and all of us are pleased to be welcoming him to Manchester United.”
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Commenting on Christian Eriksen who is facing a few months out after suffering an ankle injury in Manchester United’s FA cup win, United manager expressed his feelings saying,
“He’s disappointed and we’re disappointed, but it happens in top football. You have to deal with it,” said United manager Erik ten Hag.
“We have players in midfield, good players, who can fill the gap. Every player has their own characteristics and identity. Eriksen brings top quality to our squad and some characteristics are hard to replace, for instance his quality in the final third”.
The Dane could miss up to fifteen games for the Red Devils with his earliest possible return date set for April 29th. [According to Premierinjuries.com]