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06/10/2023 17:18

Man United could use another wildcard solution after failed Amrabat experiment

There can be no fault with the work ethic of Sofyan Amrabat since he joined Manchester United. A fault can be found within his level of performance, though, even if it is not really down to him.

Amrabat  has been done a disservice in his first weeks at Old Trafford due to the fact he has been played out of position in every single match so far. He was signed to bolster their defensive midfield options but has instead found himself filling in on the left side of defence amid the ongoing defensive crisis that sees three other senior options currently sidelined.

United are still waiting on a further update regarding Sergio Reguilon’s fitness ahead of their clash with Brentford this weekend, but even if he is deemed fit enough to be involved, they might not want to risk a swift return in case there are any repercussions.

It is a risk they might well have taken had either Luke Shaw or Tyrell Malacia been available, but with neither of the duo yet to return to team training, it is a needless gamble when there are even tougher tests on the horizon.

Ten Hag needs to prepare his side for their weekend clash with Brentford under the presumption that he will not have a natural left-back available to him, and it is clear that Amrabat is very limited in that role already. While the Moroccan has impressed with his work on the ball, he has been targeted by opposition attacks due to his clear shortcomings out of possession, which were seen again on Tuesday night.

Amrabat simply does not have the positional awareness and defensive prowess to play left-back at such a high level and should be taken out of the firing line for his own good. The 27-year-old clearly has something to offer the side in his preferred midfield role and could even feature there against Brentford, but he should not be asked to play at full-back again, even with the ongoing injury worries.

Instead, it would make more sense for Diogo Dalot to move back to his makeshift role on the left side of the defence with another player repositioned into the right-back role. Victor Lindelof would be one of those candidates to move into a full-back role instead, though doing so would rely on someone else to replace him in the heart of the defence.

Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans would both be leading candidates to do that, while Casemiro and Scott McTominay both also have previous experience playing at centre-back.

It might not be ideal or the most logical to do so, but after the Amrabat full-back experiment has quite clearly failed, there is certainly some worth in at least considering it for this weekend.

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