Marcel Sabitzer ‘believes he can earn a permanent move’ to Man Utd; admits he ‘hates to lose’

Man Utd sign Sabitzer Credit: Alamy
Man Utd sign Sabitzer Credit: Alamy

Marcel Sabitzer is reportedly coming to Man Utd with the intention of “earning a permanent move” as he has “no long-term future” at Bayern Munich.

The midfielder joined United on deadline day from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. This is a straight loan deal until the summer.

This transfer came about very quickly after it was announced that Christian Eriksen will be out of action through injury until April.

Sabitzer made his name during his time at RB Leipzig but he has only been used sparingly of late by Bayern Munich.

He is likely to get a fair amount of game time in the Premier League as United look to earn a place in the Champions League, though.

The 28-year-old has now discussed his move to Man Utd. He thinks he will be able to fit in and work well under Erik ten Hag.

“Of course,” said Sabitzer. “Keep going every single day, put it all out [there] in training sessions, that’s why I’m here.

“I like the way [Ten Hag] plays, his teams play, he’s a good coach and I’m looking forward to meeting him and playing under him.”

When asked if he is a bad loser, Sabitzer added: “Yeah [laughs], I’m a very bad loser. Even in training, I can’t lose. I have that mentality over the years, I hate to lose.”

Sabitzer also suggested that he is keen to be a leader at Man Utd after he was previously captain at RB Leipzig.

“That is my mentality; to go forward, have a voice in the dressing room, on the pitch and give it all. That’s normal for me.”

He added: “When you’re at a very young age, you don’t think a lot – you’re free to play, you like to play a lot.

“The first years were easy for me, I just did what I loved the most.

“But when the career went on, I had to handle the pressure, deal with it; but I think I’m mentally strong and I do what I love the most, so, all good.”

A report from Graeme Bailey of TEAMtalk has indicated that Sabitzer “believes he can earn a permanent move to United” but this is “entirely down to him”.

“Whilst there is no option to buy within the current deal, Sabitzer is already aware that he has not long-term future at Bayern. He isn’t currently in the team and Konrad Laimer is joining in the summer,” Bailey told TEAMtalk.

“And Sabitzer believes he can earn a permanent move to United too this summer. That is now entirely down to him and his performances in the second half of the season. A positive impression could mean he will secure a permanent summer move.”

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