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“Not normal…” – Sofyan Amrabat makes Manchester United admission as Old Trafford exit looms



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Sofyan Amrabat has broken into the Manchester United team in the last week and impressed in two solid appearances against Arsenal and Newcastle United.

Amrabat, 27, joined United on loan in the summer transfer window and it was a popular move at the time to bring solid back-up to the defensive midfield position.

He spent time filling in at left-back early on in the season, but after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, he started 15 consecutive games in a row on the bench.

With Christian Eriksen struggling in recent weeks and Casemiro needing to fill in at centre-back, Amrabat was reintroduced to the lineup for last weekend’s clash against Arsenal.

He impressed despite the 1-0 defeat to Mikel Arteta’s side and started once again when United beat Newcastle on Wednesday evening. He was once again one of the best players for Erik ten Hag’s side.

Speaking to MUTV after the game about fighting to return to the team, Amrabat said: “It was not easy, of course, because everybody wants to play.

“I had to be patient, but I was always ready for the team. when they need me, where they need me, even it was one minute or 10 minutes. I always give my best, in training, I try to help the team.

“I think there’s only one thing that you can do; work hard and wait till the chance will come. [It’s] maybe a bit late, end of the season, but I’m happy that the chance came and that we won today.”

The centre-midfielder is unlikely to sign a permanent deal at Old Trafford. He explained that fans of the club have still not seen him at his best after extended time out of the team.

“It’s also nice to show yourself, but it’s still not Sofyan Amrabat on the top, how I can play,” he added. “It’s my second game now in four, five months that I played 90 minutes, so I’m not 100 per cent as normal.

“But I’m very happy that I showed that I played good, and the team played good, and we wanted to win this game.”