Sofyan Amrabat, Manchester United’s summer signing, has indicated that he prefers playing in midfield after manager Erik ten Hag used him as a left-back against Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Amrabat started for Ten Hag’s team in their 3-0 Carabao Cup triumph over Crystal Palace.
The Moroccan international joined United on loan from Fiorentina in the summer after a move to Liverpool fell through.
He came off the bench in Manchester United’s 1-0 win against Burnley on Saturday, and Ten Hag opted to give the 27-year-old his entire debut against Crystal Palace.
When Amrabat appeared to be positioned as a left-back, it quickly became evident that Ten Hag had given the midfielder a free role, and he frequently drifted into midfield throughout the meeting with Palace.
“I told the manager, I will play where you need me, where the team needs me, even as a goalkeeper!” Amrabat spoke to Sky Sports on his time at left-back.
“I’ll play anywhere I can help the team.” Today was left-back, although I had a free role and spent a lot of time in the middle. It was good, it was great.
“I like to have the ball at all times.” Of course, I’m not a [natural] left-back, but I strive to provide the squad with additional choices. It was fine today.
“Of course, I’m a midfielder, and I prefer to play there.” “However, I will play wherever I am needed.”