Erik ten Hag praises Sofyan Amrabat for doing three things as he nears end of Manchester United spell

Sofyan Amrabat in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle UnitedSofyan Amrabat in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United
Sofyan Amrabat in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United
The Man Utd loanee has played a key role in their last two matches after an overall poor loan spell beforehand.

Erik ten Hag has praised Sofyan Amrabat after he played a key role in Manchester United's 3-2 win over Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

The Moroccan international had struggled for much of his Old Trafford loan spell but produced impressive performances in back-to-back home matches against Arsenal and Newcastle over the past few days. Amrabat made a number of vital defensive contributions to the midweek win, including a superb recovery tackle as he denied Alexander Isak what looked like a certain goal in the second-half.

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Amrabat is still expected to leave United at the end of the season, with the club unlikely to trigger their option to make his loan deal from Fiorentina permanent for €25 million if they wish.

Speaking after the win over Newcastle, Ten Hag was asked what he made of the 27-year-old's most recent performance. "I think he was playing a very good game, very important for us in pressing and the counter press. He did a really good job keeping the team together, compact in good moments so we can more control the game."

Asked what the victory meant to him, the United manager added: “It is a victory but I was pleased with the performance of the team. It is always difficult to play against Newcastle, they are v physical but also we played good football, scored good goals, especially the first, a nice team goal.”

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