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Manchester United complete deadline day signing of Austrian international Marcel Sabitzer

The 28-year-old attacking midfielder was a standout performer with RB Leipzig since before their promotion into the Bundesliga but had struggled to cement his importance in Bavaria with German giants Bayern Munich

Manchester United has moved quickly to source a winter solution in the wake of untimely injuries to Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek as the Red Devils have completed a deadline day loan deal for 28-year-old Austrian international attacking midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.

A standout performer at RB Leipzig dating back to the 2015-16 2. Bundesliga campaign that saw the upstart Saxon outfit gain promotion into the German top flight, Sabitzer has long been viewed as one of the more gifted players to emerge from Austria in decades.

But despite reuniting with Julian Nagelsmann at the Allianz Arena after the two had enjoyed a successful working relationship together at Red Bull Arena, Sabitzer has failed to provide the same measure of consistency and influence for Bayern Munich that he had for RBL while also struggling to break up the established order in the Bayern hierarchy that came with the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Thomas Müller.

The emergence of German wunderkind Jamal Musiala and the summer acquisition of Dutch talent Ryan Gravenberch seemingly sealed his future, but still in his prime years, Sabitzer will bring plenty to the table for a United outfit that will be in desperate need of creativity in Eriksen’s absence to avoid heavily-relying on Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes.

Capable of playing as an 8, 10, or out wide, Sabitzer’s technical craft is of a high standard that would suit Ten Hag’s needs, and his multifaceted attacking threat as both a puller of strings as well as a goal threat would give United one less headache to contend with during a campaign where the club is still competing on multiple fronts.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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