Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has claimed that the club has signed a new ‘leader’ in Marcel Sabitzer, who joined at Old Trafford on transfer deadline day.
Ten Hag confirmed that the midfielder, who joined United on loan from Bayern Munich for the rest of the season, would be in the squad for Saturday’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace. Following Christian Eriksen’s injury setback, the 28-year-old was signed late in the January transfer window.
Sabitzer appeared in 24 games for Bayern in all competitions in the first half of the season, but just seven of those were as a starter in the Bundesliga. Despite this, the midfielder has played more than 180 times in the German Bundesliga and 68 times for Austria.
The 28-year-old led his former club RB Leipzig near the end of his career and has also represented his country a few times. Ten Hag emphasized that the midfielder is a leader who will bring a “winning attitude” to the team despite a busy schedule.
“He is a dedicated football player with a really excellent attitude, and he was captain at several clubs, so he is also a leader,” Ten Hag told club media. “He is a really good player who brings a winning attitude and I think for that it is a wonderful signing. We are quite pleased with him.”
Sabitzer is set to be included among the substitutes for Saturday’s match against the Eagles, with Casemiro and Fred likely to start at Old Trafford. Fellow midfielder Scott McTominay is out for a few weeks, Eriksen is out until late April with an ankle injury, and Donny van de Beek is out for the season.