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Marcel Sabitzer has dropped a further hint that he sees his future at Manchester United after heaping praise on Erik ten Hag and the Premier League.

Midfielder Sabitzer, 29, inked a six-month loan deal with the Red Devils from Bayern Munich during the winter transfer window. United needed cover for Christian Eriksen’s long-term injury and they opted for the experienced Austria interantional. The former RB Leipzig star has made 14 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals.

And he picked up a winner’s medal in the EFL Cup, making a substitute appearance as United beat Newcastle 2-0 at Wembley.

The talented schemer has enjoyed six starts among eight top-flight appearances but may now struggle for game time.

Eriksen has recovered and is now back in the fold. But Sabitzer remains an option for Ten Hag.

And it seems as though the ex-Rapid Vienna ace has nothing but good words for the United manager.

“He is a very detailed coach so he gives everything for the game plan, for the training sessions,” he told the FA website.

“He is especially a good guy and he gives us a good game plan and gives us confidence.

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“And he’s clear in his mind, you know. There is a good mix of having a bit of fun, but when you’re on the pitch, you have to be 100 per cent focused.

“And you feel that in every moment. We’re very happy that he’s our manager.”

Sabitzer relishing Man Utd challenge

Manchester United have already seen a vast improvement under the Dutch tactician and are looking good for a top-four finish.

They sit third in the league table and are six points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham and with a game in hand.

With silverware already safely tucked away, the quest for a second trophy continues on Sunday.

Another Wembley date beckons as the north-west giants face Brighton in the FA Cup semi-finals.

European competition is over for another season after Thursday’s disappointing 3-0 Europa League loss to Sevilla.

Sabitzer scored both goals in the first-leg 2-2 draw. But it was to no avail after a poor display in Spain.

The focus remains on the FA Cup and ensuring a top-four finish. It remains to be seen how much action Sabitzer sees, but he will certainly be ready when called upon.

“When you’re with a big club, like Manchester United, where there is always competition, you have the best players from around the world,” he added.

“So that’s nothing I’m hiding from. I’m ready for the competition. I try to give my best when I’m on the pitch. Yes, I want to have game time and I will do everything for it.”

Thomas Tuchel is now at the helm of Sabitzer’s parent club Bayern after replacing the sacked Julian Nagelsmann.

It is unclear whether the former Chelsea boss sees the Austrian in his long-term plans.

But, having already revealed his love for United, Sabitzer has made it clear that he would rather operate in the Premier League than Bundesliga.

“It’s different. The style and the way of the league,” he continued.  “You know, it’s more physical, more intense and more open.

“In Germany, you have more tactical games. Here, it’s what I like the most, that’s the way I want to play.”

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