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Erik ten Hag gives verdict on Marcel Sabitzer debut for Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has given a positive assessment of Marcel Sabitzer‘s debut for Manchester United.

Sabitzer, 28, came off the bench in the 84th minute to help United see off a surging Crystal Palace, with seven minutes of injury time thrown in.

United were down to 10 men after a red card for Casemiro, and Sabitzer helped United see off a 2-1 win.

Bruno Fernandes had scored a first half penalty, with Marcus Rashford netting in the second half.

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag spoke positively about Marcel Sabitzer in his post game interview.

He says he was impressed with the Austria international and is very glad he has him in his squad.

Ten Hag told the club website: “He understands football. You see it straight from the start.

“We have already seen that in the training as well, but yeah he did quite well.

“He’s really composed on the ball and he knows how to defend so we need such a player who understands the game and will also bring the right spirit.”

Casemiro’s upcoming three game suspension will see United lean on Sabitzer. But this was why he was brought in, to strengthen the club’s midfield options.

Sabitzer has huge experience, and part of the job-description for the midfielder Ten Hag wanted, was a player capable of coming in and contributing right away.

The midfielder was happy to make his debut and has already received applause from Lisandro Martinez. This was a great way to step in and introduce himself to Manchester United’s fans, and he will be better for it.

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