Despite a hefty summer spending spree of approximately £172 million, manager Erik ten Hag pursued the Moroccan midfielder until the eleventh hour, securing a season-long loan with an option for a permanent transfer next summer.
Amrabat’s journey to Old Trafford was marked by obstacles, including his solitary training sessions at Fiorentina as he sought an exit. United’s struggles to offload players on lucrative deals further complicate matters. Though the 27-year-old missed the registration deadline for the Arsenal match, his arrival is a well-timed addition for Ten Hag’s squad.
With the absence of Mason Mount due to injury and questions surrounding the form of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen, Amrabat’s acquisition has garnered excitement among fans. It seems that club legends like Rio Ferdinand share this enthusiasm, as he took to his Vibe with Five YouTube channel to commend the new “enforcer.”
Rio Ferdinand, who had the chance to watch Amrabat during the World Cup, praised his performance, even against formidable opponents like France. He remarked, “Defensively, he’ll provide excellent cover for players like Casemiro in case of suspension or fatigue.”
In contrast to the departed Fred and the out-of-favor Scott McTominay, Ferdinand sees Amrabat as the perfect anchor for United’s midfield.
At times, we’ll need to field two defensive midfielders, and he’s the man for the job. He’s a skilled, deep-lying midfielder—that’s his forte. Players like Fred and McTominay, with all due respect, had the desire to excel, but their natural playing styles were never truly defensive.
Let me tell you, this individual—he’s the real deal. A true enforcer who dismantles the opposition’s strategies, holds impeccable positions, and exudes exceptional discipline is absolutely indispensable for a defensive midfielder.Rio Ferdinand
Amrabat underwent his medical examination in Pisa on Friday, with his arrival in Manchester scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Before departing, he expressed his gratitude to Fiorentina’s fans via Instagram, bidding farewell to the club where he spent three memorable years.
“I want to extend heartfelt thanks to the club, all my fellow players, the staff, and our passionate fans for the incredible memories we’ve created together. It’s been an honor to wear this badge. After three years at this wonderful club, it’s time to embrace a new challenge.”Sofiane Amrabat
As Amrabat prepares to embark on his journey with Manchester United, fans eagerly anticipate his contributions as the club’s new defensive asset. With Ferdinand’s endorsement and the promise of a dynamic, disciplined presence in midfield, Amrabat’s impact on the team could be transformative.