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Marcel Sabitzer pinpoints exact reasons why Erik ten Hag might turn his Man Utd loan into permanent deal

Marcel Sabitzer of Man Utd

Marcel Sabitzer has highlighted the strengths in his game that could make Manchester United turn his loan move into a permanent one, despite making no predictions on where his future will be.

Sabitzer was speaking after grabbing his first goal for the club in United’s come-from-behind FA Cup quarter-final victory over Fulham on Sunday, a game in which the Cottagers were reduced to nine men and has also had coach Marco Silva sent-off.

Their second-half meltdown, in which referee Chris Kavanagh showed three red cards in 40 seconds to dismiss Silva, Willian and goalscorer Aleksandr Mitrovic, was the story of United’s 3-1 win, meaning Sabitzer’s first Old Trafford strike was slightly lost in the furore.

But it was Sabitzer who gave United the lead, flicking home a low Luke Shaw cross from close range, only two minutes after Bruno Fernandes had levelled from the penalty spot, with Fernandes’ stoppage-time strike merely adding gloss against Fulham’s nine men.

“It’s massive, a big win,” on-loan Bayern Munich midfielder Sabitzer said. “We’re very happy, but it was a hard game. Fulham are a tough opponent, good team, good players. We are very happy with the result.

“I was just hoping Luke (Shaw) would play me this ball. I tried to hit it with my left one, and I am very proud and a happy moment.”

Sabitzer on talk of United stay

The 29-year-old Austrian joined United on loan from Bayern late on deadline day as Erik ten Hag sought cover for the injured Christian Eriksen.

Sunday was his ninth United appearance in all competitions, and he has already collected a Carabao Cup winners’ medal.

Asked about his future beyond this season, Sabitzer said: “I had to make a quick decision (to join) in January. I was focused on this, it was clear it is just a loan until the summer.

“I take every game as it comes, I am very happy to be here. I will give 100 per cent. Whatever happens in the summer, we will see…

“I can play all over midfield, I think. I like to do the dirty work. I like to run, to go forward, box-to-box movements. A lot of transitions and high-intensity games are what I am having here.

“I am very happy to be part of this team, this amazing club, and I feel very welcomed. I am very happy at the moment.”

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