Signed by ETH, now worth less than Amrabat: Man Utd need to bin their “short-term fix” – opinion


Even though Manchester United has suffered from injuries this season, Erik ten Hag hasn’t been able to establish a reliable midfield unit during the whole campaign, suggesting that the midfield ranks have been the main source of the issue.

The department has just been revitalized by 18-year-old emerging star Kobbie Mainoo, but it is still unclear who will play with the teenager in the long run. Casemiro, who is expected to leave this summer, is starting to look like a costly error with every game.

Ten Hag may well have hoped that a reunion with Sofyan Amrabat – whom he coached in the Netherlands at Utrecht – would have proved far more beneficial, with the Moroccan international simply looking like a “fish out of water” at Old Trafford thus far, as per pundit Chris Sutton.

Amrabat’s PL season in numbers
15 games (7 starts)
0 goals
0 assists
0 ‘big chances’ created
0.3 key passes per game
87% pass accuracy
0.3 interceptions per game
1.5 tackles per game
1 error leading to goal
50% total duels won
6.63 avg. match rating
Stats via Sofascore

It will come as no surprise to learn that the man who once got the better of Kylian Mbappe is set to be sent packing at the end of his miserable loan spell, with the Fiorentina maestro – and Casemiro – likely set to be followed out the door by a third midfield asset in the form of Christian Eriksen.

Christian Eriksen’s record at Man Utd 

Acquired during a free transfer in the summer of 2022, it appeared at the time that the seasoned Dane—who had overcome great odds to play again after suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020—would only serve as Juan Mata’s stand-in, a player capable of breaking down defenses late in games while coming off the bench.

But after 10 Hag’s long-running chase of Frenkie de Jong failed, Eriksen was used as a deep-lying option alongside fellow newcomer Casemiro, who made an impression in 2022–2023 with two goals and 10 assists across all competitions.

Despite his remarkable comeback, the former Brentford and Tottenham Hotspur player was limited by an ankle injury he suffered in January of last year. In reality, he has not looked the same since. Jamie Jackson of The Guardian notes that he was hooked during the FA Cup semi-final victory over Brighton and Hove Albion, calling it a “day to forget.”

Regarding the current year, the 32-year-old has contributed 15 goals and 15 assists in 65 games for the team, but he has largely been sidelined as youthful Mainoo has emerged and Scott McTominay has stolen the show with nine goals on all fronts.

Now, his future at the Theatre of Dreams rightly looks uncertain…

Christian Eriksen’s market value in 2024 

Such has been Eriksen’s tumble down the pecking order this season, the £150k-per-week star has been afforded just nine top-flight starts to date, having only recently gone public with his frustration at that lack of game time.

The 128-cap Denmark international, who has a year left on his current deal in Manchester, was called a “short-term fix” by Adam Crafton of The Athletic, but there are rumors that he may be let go a year early.

Even though they signed him for nothing nearly two years ago, United will probably still turn a profit if he leaves this summer, even though the transfer fee may not be as attractive as it should be.

According to Transfermarkt, the seasoned player’s worth peaked in November 2022 at about €25 million (£21 million), yet it has since dropped to barely €10 million (£9 million) at this point.

While age may be a factor in that decline, it is telling that he has now even slipped behind Amrabat of all people, with the forgotten man valued at €22m (£19m), despite his lack of action in a United shirt.

With there seemingly little sense in keeping Eriksen – nor Amrabat and Casemiro – around for another campaign, the new Sir Jim Ratcliffe regime must be ruthless and wield the axe this summer.

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