Marcel Sabitzer is a player who spent half a season at Manchester United. The Austrian made a good impression and it seemed that he would remain part of the team. However, Manchester United did not want to keep him in the team and had other plans.
Sabitzer is happy with his time at Manchester United. The Austrian does not understand why United are not able to achieve good results this season. ‘I feel very positive about my time there and still talk to a couple of people,’ -Marcel Sabitzer said.
‘You ask yourself, ‘what’s going on?’ There’s a lot of noise, results are not good, they’ve had defeats at home, which almost felt unthinkable last season. And there’s still the unresolved situation of the ownership.
You can see what that does to a team. I feel sorry for them because they’re all good guys, and extremely hungry for success.' Sabitzer believes that the absence of key players leaves a big mark on Manchester United's game.
When you play big competitions, it is necessary to have the best players in your team. ‘Casemiro, Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez – they are leaders that provide structure and stability to the team.'
Erik ten Hag
Erik ten Hag has a problem creating the right tactics, given that he cannot count on the best players.
In such conditions, it is difficult to do good things. ‘Erik ten Hag comes with up very specific match plans and patterns of play. But if you have too many important players missing and too many changes as a result, things get lost between the tactics board and the pitch.
The rhythm of players coming isn’t right, processes aren’t right. In the Premier League and Champions League, you need your best players available. Everything feels a little laboured and uncertain now. They need their big guys to show up and change the course of the season, but I believe things can change quickly once they get important players back.’ Erik ten Hag left a positive impression on the Austrian.
He believes that the Dutchman is a perfectionist who thinks about every detail. ‘You can wake him up at 3am, he’d tell you his whole match plan by heart,’ Sabitzer said. ‘He’s very knowledgeable about football and tactics, a very hard worker, a perfectionist.'