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Why Manchester United fans may be forced to wait for Sofyan Amrabat debut

Injury could well force Manchester United fans into waiting for their first glimpse of deadline day addition Sofyan Amrabat this season, it has been revealed.

Erik ten Hag’s side agreed a loan deal worth 10m euros for the midfielder in the final hours of the transfer window, having identified him as a long-term target at the beginning of the summer.

His addition came too late for the clash with Arsenal, which United lost 3-1 courtesy to late goals from Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus.

Now, they may be forced to wait yet longer for their first view of the midfielder.

This comes as the Athletic report that ‘United detected a minor back injury’ while conducting his medical, which when combined with his lack of football before the move (he missed the beginning of the season with Fiorentina) means that he could be out of action even after the international break.

The Red Devils confirmed on Tuesday that Amrabat would take the no.4 shirt that was vacated by Phil Jones at the start of the summer, the same number that he wears for the Moroccan national team.

United face high-flying Brighton at home after the break in a bid to improve their early season form, which has already seen them drop four points against fellow members of the top six.

They then face a trip to the Allianz Arena to take on Bayern Munich in their group stage opener, a game for which they will be praying Amrabat will be passed fit for.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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