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Why Marcel Sabitzer was a last-minute scratch from Manchester United’s squad to face Nottingham Forest


Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag has, on Sunday, provided an explanation for Marcel Sabitzer dropping out of the club’s latest starting line-up at the last minute.

United, of course, were back in action earlier this evening.

After seeing top-4 rivals Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur drop points on Saturday, the Red Devils made the trip to the City Ground, hopeful of taking advantage courtesy of a victory over relegation-battling Nottingham Forest.

And, when all was said and done, this is precisely what Ten Hag and co. went on to do.

Wide-man Antony proved himself the star of the show, opening the scoring from close range just beyond the half-hour mark, before laying on Diogo Dalot’s result-clinching 2nd fifteen minutes from time:

As alluded to above, though, one member of Manchester United’s squad who played no part in their eventual triumph on Sunday comes in the form of Marcel Sabitzer.

Austrian international Sabitzer was actually included in the initial starting XI named by Erik ten Hag at the City Ground, only to be withdrawn at the last minute for Christian Eriksen.

Speaking to the media in Nottingham, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of his last-minute midfield switch-up was put to the Red Devils’ headmaster.

And Ten Hag went on to reveal that Sabitzer picked up a fitness problem during the warm-up for the clash, with medical tests scheduled for Monday to ascertain the extent of the issue.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.


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