The loan agreement between Manchester United and Bayern Munich for Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer has been finalized.
After Scott McTominay’s short-term issue and a long-term injury to Christian Eriksen, the 28-year-old joins Erik ten Hag’s team until the conclusion of the season.
Sabitzer joined Bayern in August 2021 and has since played in 54 games for them.
“You have to make swift and significant judgments sometimes in life,” Sabitzer added.
“I immediately realized this opportunity was a good fit for me after learning about it. I’m a competitive player, and this season, I want to win and aid the team in achieving its goals, he continued.
“I believe that as a player, I am at the top of my game and have a lot to offer the team in terms of experience and vigor.
“I’m eager to begin playing with my new teammates and boss and to impress Manchester United supporters.”
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Sabitzer, a former club captain of RB Leipzig, has played for 443 clubs in his career in Europe.
Additionally, he has 12 goals in 68 games for Austria.
For the next matches against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace, Ten Hag was left with just two healthy central midfielders: Casemiro and Fred. Eriksen, who has an ankle ailment that will keep him out until the end of April, and McTominay were both injured.
With a 3-0 lead from the first leg, United advances to the Carabao Cup semifinal against Forest at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The United boss acknowledged it would be “tough” to close any deals on deadline day during his news conference on Tuesday, but he is well-known at Bayern Munich due to his time spent there as the second-team coach.
Earlier in the January transfer window, United also acquired Burnley’s Wout Weghorst on a season-long loan.
Axel Tuanzebe, a defender, has joined Stoke City on loan through the end of the current campaign, United stated early on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old played on loan for Aston Villa in the first half of the season and Napoli in Serie A in the second half.