Morocco World Cup star Sofyan Amrabat could be the cherry on top of the cake for Manchester United’s midfield..
Though Christian Eriksen and Casemiro have seriously upgraded Manchester United’s midfield, there is still room for one final piece of the puzzle.
Throughout the summer window, United were chasing Frenkie de Jong for his ability to offer complete control in midfield. The Dutch midfielder has the ability to pick the ball up from the centre-backs and progress it forward consistently, which is vital for the style of football Erik ten Hag wants to play.
The only serious question mark raised was over De Jong’s defensive ability and how it could cause United problems in transition. Of course, a move never materialised.
United may look to prioritise this position again in January or summer we will have to see as other roles need to be addressed, but if they do then Sofyan Amrabat has emerged as a player who offers everything De Jong does in possession (but at a lower level) while also providing the defensive output he sometimes lacks.
Amrabat was the star of Morocco’s shock victory against Spain in the World Cup round of 16. He was everywhere on the pitch and his oppressive style completely nullified Sergio Busquets, who has been key to how Luis Enrique’s side operated prior to their exit.
Brother to Nordin Amrabat, who fans may remember from his time at Watford, the younger Amrabat currently plies his trade at Fiorentina in Italy. Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a move for the Moroccan midfielder last January and many expected Antonio Conte to sign the 26-year-old, however, a deal collapsed as the London club decided to bring in Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus.
If they want to sign him again this January they will face competition from a number of clubs. Reports in Spain have heavily linked Liverpool with a move as they look to bring in reinforcements.
But if United want to add yet another quality piece to their midfield who could potentially be the final piece of the puzzle, then they should throw their hat into the ring and try to bring Amrabat to Old Trafford.