After months of speculation, Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat joined Manchester United on a season-long loan on Friday, just hours before the 11 p.m. deadline.
Rio Ferdinand has praised Manchester United’s new “enforcer” Sofyan Amrabat, who joined the club on deadline day.
Despite spending approximately £170 million this summer, Erik ten Hag pursued the Moroccan star until Friday’s 11pm deadline, completing a deal with little time to spare. Amrabat is on loan for the season, with the club having the option to make the transfer permanent next summer.
Despite the fact that the midfielder was forced to practice alone at Fiorentina as he attempted to force a move, the story appeared to be delayed by United’s unwillingness to offload players for large money moves until a settlement was reached. Although the 27-year-old was not registered in time to face Arsenal on Sunday, Ten Hag has made a timely acquisition.
With another new arrival, Mason Mount, out injured and the form of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen under scrutiny, fans have welcomed Amrabat’s acquisition. And club legends, according to Ferdinand, who praised the player on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.
“I managed to see him live at the World Cup two or three times and I think he was very good, even against France,” Ferdinand added. “Defensively, he’ll provide excellent cover for someone like Casemiro if he’s suspended or needs to rest.”
And, unlike the departed Fred and the out-of-favor Scott McTominay, Ferdinand feels Amrabat is well-suited to anchor United’s midfield. “At times, we’ll need to play two sixes, and he’ll be someone who can come in and do that, and that’s what he’s there to do,” he added.
“He’s a skilled six-man, deep player, and that’s his role.” We’ve got players like Fred and McTominay who wanted to succeed, but when you look at their player ID, there was never any defensive nous in their jersey. That’s his game, and he’s got it.
“He’s an enforcer, he stops other teams from playing, he’s very cute in his position, and he’s very disciplined.” Those are the qualities required in a defensive midfielder.”
Amrabat arrived in Manchester on Saturday afternoon after completing his medical in Pisa on Friday. Before his trip, he took to Instagram to say goodbye to Fiorentina fans.
“After three years at this beautiful club, it’s time to take on a new challenge,” he stated in his resignation letter. “I couldn’t have imagined all the adventures we’d have together when I arrived in 2020.” Last year’s Conference League and Coppa Italia triumphs, as well as the numerous memorable nights at Stadio Artemio Franchi, will be with me forever.
“I want to thank the club, all of the players, staff, and fans for all of the memories we’ve made.” It has been a privilege to wear this badge.”