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Erik ten Hag has faced significant midfield challenges at Manchester United this season, but with the summer transfer window looming, changes could be on the horizon.

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United’s attempts to revamp their midfield in the summer of 2023 fell short of expectations. While the acquisition of Casemiro initially appeared promising in 2022, further reinforcements were required. However, their subsequent decisions raised eyebrows, with questionable moves leaving the midfield in a precarious position.

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The hefty £60 million spent on Mason Mount, although a talented player, seemed excessive for a position often occupied by Bruno Fernandes. Additionally, the departure of Fred for a mere £12.9 million and the decision not to extend Marcel Sabitzer’s loan left gaps that were not adequately filled. Sofyan Amrabat’s arrival on loan for £8.6 million offered some respite, but his impact has been limited, leaving much resting on the inexperienced shoulders of academy product Kobbie Mainoo.

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The potential sale of Scott McTominay to West Ham, which was under consideration, could have prompted further midfield activity. However, with injuries and uncertainties plaguing the squad, United’s midfield depth was severely tested from the outset.

Despite sporadic opportunities, Amrabat has struggled to adapt to the Premier League, despite his previous success in Serie A and international football with Morocco. While his recent improvement has bolstered the midfield, it remains uncertain whether United will exercise the option to buy him permanently, given the significant financial implications.

However, recent performances suggest that Amrabat’s skill set aligns well with Ten Hag’s tactical approach, offering a level of control sorely lacking in midfield this season. With Financial Fair Play considerations likely to limit spending, extending Amrabat’s loan could emerge as a pragmatic solution to kickstart United’s much-needed midfield rebuild.

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