‘I knew it was right for me’: Man United new boy Marcel Sabitzer insists he had no doubts about making the move to Old Trafford on deadline day… as he vows to bring ‘experience and energy’ to Erik ten Hag’s in-form squad
- Manchester United completed the deadline day signing of Marcel Sabitzer
- The midfielder arrives on a loan for the rest of the season from Bayern Munich
- Sabitzer claims he made a ‘quick and important’ call but insists it is the right one
Manchester United’s new signing Marcel Sabitzer admits he had to make a ‘quick and important decision’ to join Erik ten Hag’s side but insists the move is ‘right’ for him.
Sabitzer was confirmed late on deadline day with the Red Devils moving quickly after Christian Eriksen was ruled out for the next three months.
The Austrian international found himself out of favour at Bayern but will be hoping to make a big impact at Old Trafford and rediscover his old that saw him rise to prominence at RB Leipzig.
Man United’s new midfielder Marcel Sabitzer said he made a ‘quick and important’ call on joining the club
The 28-year-old will provide important midfield depth for Ten Hag over the next few months
After a frantic deadline day dash to United, Sabitzer explained how he was forced to make a quick judgment call on the move but fully believes he had made the right decision.
‘Sometimes in life you have to make quick and important decisions,’ Sabitzer told the club after his move.
‘From the moment I heard about this opportunity I knew it was right for me. I am a competitive player; I want to win and help the club achieve its aims this season.
‘I feel that I am at my peak as a player, and that I can contribute a lot of experience and energy to the squad. I am excited to start with my new team-mates and manager and to show my qualities to Manchester United fans.’
Marcel Sabitzer (back, centre) endured a frantic deadline day as he jetted in to join United
Sabitzer was identified as the best available option, having made 443 career club appearances across Europe – including 54 since joining FC Bayern from RB Leipzig.
The 28-year-old was keen to make the move and flew to Manchester from Germany on Tuesday to undergo a medical. United filed the deal sheet by the 11pm deadline and completed his loan move by midnight. Overall, the whole process is said to have taken 12 hours.
He will add further depth to United’s midfield after Donny van der Beek was ruled out for the rest of the season following knee surgery – while Scott McTominay is out for two weeks with a muscle problem.
United’s main priority in this transfer window was to sign a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, and they achieved their aim by bringing in Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley.
Sabitzer (left) was pictured at Munich Airport earlier on Tuesday ahead of a potential move
Sabitzer – who has fallen out of favour at Bayern – insists he believes he made the right move
However, two more deals were forced upon them. Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka’s return to Newcastle meant Jack Butland was brought in from Crystal Palace, and then Eriksen’s injury – sustained in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Reading – prompted the club to look for a new midfielder and Sabitzer was well known to the scouting department.
United’s football director John Murtough said: ‘Marcel is a player that we have watched for a long time. The opportunity arose quickly, and we knew that he was someone with the ability and character to make an impact.
‘He adds further quality to our squad and experience to the dressing room, and all of us are pleased to be welcoming him to Manchester United.’
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