A video of Sofyan Amrabat’s performance in the World Cup semi-final is doing the rounds on X – formely Twitter – and is making fans question whether Manchester United made a mistake in signing him.
United spent most of the summer chasing the signature of Amrabat, and eventually ended up paying £8.5 million on deadline day to sign him on a season-long loan from Fiorentina.
At the end of the season the Red Devils will have the option to make the move permanent for a fee of £21.4m, but Amrabat’s poor performances so far this season might make Erik ten Hag have second thoughts.
United have endured a poor start to the season, and Amrabat’s start to life at Old Trafford is just one small part of it.
After overcoming injury issues the Moroccan midfielder has struggled to make an impression in United’s midfield, and has underwhelmed more than he has impressed.
Now a video has emerged online that fans believe should have been a warning not to sign the 27-year-old.
The video shows Amrabat being repeatedly outfoxed by Kylian Mbappe during the World Cup semi-final in December.
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France won that game 2-0 to progress to the final, and to be fair to Amrabat, few players on earth would have been able to cope with Mbappe that night.
Amrabat did make one crunching tackle on Mbappe, but United fans have accused the midfielder of milking the challenge ever since.
The video caption reads: “Amrabat has been living off that one tackle it’s actually crazy, thing is Mbappe literally had him on toast that game.”
Since being substituted at half-time during United’s 3-0 derby day defeat to Manchester City, Amrabat has not started a game for Erik ten Hag’s side.
The midfielder started the defeats to Newcastle and FC Copenhagen on the bench, while he was an unused substitute in the win away at Fulham last weekend.
Amrabat needs to show more if he is to join United on a permanent basis, but at the moment it doesn’t seem like many supporters think he will.