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Man Utd midfielder Marcel Sabitzer says he wants to “play every day, if possible” amid a busy fixture list for the Red Devils.
As reported by the Man Utd website, the Austrian is keen to play as much football as possible, and believes the packed schedule has eased the transition to his new club.
Sabitzer is currently on loan at the English outfit from German giants Bayern Munich, and explained that like captain Bruno Fernandes, he is more than ready for the constant stream of matches coming up.
Man Utd midfielder eager to play
The midfielder’s ambitions to play have, however, been unfortunately halted abruptly, with manager Erik ten Hag confirming that the Austrian will not be available for tonight’s Europa League round of 16 meeting with Real Betis. Forward Anthony Martial and midfielders Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek remain sidelined due to injury.
Despite his absence, midfield maestro Sabitzer is still aiming to give his utmost in his temporary time in Manchester. When asked if the focus on match after match has helped him settle into life at Old Trafford, Sabitzer replied: “I think so. Every footballer loves the games.
“That’s good we have a lot of games. We are fit, we are ready and enjoying the moment. 100% [I can play three games a week]. I saw the comment Bruno did and it was the same for me. I want to play every day, if possible, I am ready for every game.”
Man Utd to overcome Betis?
As mentioned, Man Utd’s busy fixture list continues this evening with a European encounter against Real Betis. The first leg is scheduled for Old Trafford, with the Red Devils having already faced two Spanish clubs in the competition this season.
They lost 1-0 at home to Real Sociedad in their opening group game back in September, before defeating the club by the same scoreline away from home in November.
European giants Barcelona then presented a major challenge in the play-off last month, but a famous evening at Old Trafford saw Man Utd go through 4-3 on aggregate.
Betis, who are currently managed by former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, currently sit fifth in La Liga, with Sabitzer expecting them to provide a tricky test.
“I think, in the knockout stages, there are no easy games, no easy opponents,” added Sabitzer. “We have to be ready for Real Betis as well. They are a good team with quality players but I think, when we’re on the pitch, we’ll show our qualities and we will win these games.
“It’s not about getting to the final. We want to win the competition, you know, so it’s a way to go. We are focused on it and we will do everything to get to the final and bring this trophy to Manchester United.”
Man Utd host Southampton in league action this weekend before the return leg in Spain next Thursday, with that match quickly followed by an FA Cup quarter-final against Premier League rivals Fulham. The Red Devils will be keen to bounce back immediately after Sunday’s 7-0 humiliation against Liverpool.
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