Sofyan Amrabat’s Spectacular Debut at Old Trafford Overshadows McTominay’s Season
Manchester United’s Sofyan Amrabat delivered a stellar performance during his long-awaited debut at Old Trafford, making it clear that his presence was worth the anticipation.
Amrabat’s eye-catching first start for the Red Devils occurred in a commanding 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace, where he showcased his versatility by contributing both as a left-back and central midfielder.
Despite his limited playing time of just 61 minutes, United fans got a glimpse of what Amrabat brings to the table—a player with a relentless drive to compete, excel in ball possession, and orchestrate plays. The statistics further underscored his impact on the pitch.
Amrabat vs. McTominay
Remarkably, Sofyan Amrabat accomplished in a single game what Scott McTominay has struggled to achieve throughout the entire season for Manchester United. Amrabat’s ability to complete passes and maintain ball contact surpassed McTominay’s season-long performance.
This contrast becomes all the more significant considering that McTominay participated in matches against Brighton and Burnley as a starter and made appearances as a substitute against Wolves, Nottingham Forest, and Bayern Munich.
Amrabat: The Midfielder Erik ten Hag Covets
Scott McTominay’s attempts to secure a regular place in Erik ten Hag’s lineup have encountered obstacles, and it was reported by The Telegraph that he was made available for transfer at the right price during the summer transfer window.
In contrast, Sofyan Amrabat is a familiar face to Ten Hag from their time together at Utrecht. Since then, Amrabat has significantly elevated his game, even shining on the global stage at the World Cup.
Amrabat’s performance against Palace was characterized by his eagerness to receive and distribute the ball, providing valuable support to his teammates in the buildup phase. Additionally, his relentless defensive efforts added another dimension to his contributions.
With McTominay sidelined due to illness for the Palace match, his path back into Manchester United’s midfield now appears steep, especially with Hannibal impressing and Mason Mount offering an additional attacking option.