After the announcement of Sofyan Amrabat landing at Old Trafford, it didn’t take Rio Ferdinand long to offer a stark warning to the fiery midfielder.
The Premier League is renowned for its intensity, and Ferdinand warned that Amrabat will have to ‘adapt quickly’ to the demands of English football.
Speaking on Vibe with Five, the former Manchester United star raised concerns about Amrabat’s disciplinary track record, which has seen him accumulate a staggering 16 yellow cards for club and country last season.
United’s pursuit of the Fiorentina sensation was a summer-long saga, culminating in a successful £10 million deal during the final hours of the transfer window.
Amrabat, a 27-year-old Moroccan international who shone at last year’s World Cup, will spend the season on loan under former manager Erik Ten Hag.
Amrabat starred for Morocco at last year’s World Cup and Ten Hag was keen to bring him in
The Moroccan international emerged as the Red Devils’ No 1 midfield target for this summer
United’s boss had Amrabat on his radar as a pivotal target. Ten Hag has been grappling with a midfield that has been easily outgunned by the likes of Wolves, Tottenham, and Nottingham Forest during the early stages of the new campaign.
Amrabat’s combative style promises to bring a much-needed blend of balance and physicality to the Red Devils’ engine room.
Ferdinand, however, hopes that Amrabat has the ‘common sense’ to adapt quickly to the Premier League’s unforgiving pace.
Speaking to Joel Beya on Vibe with Five, Ferdinand stated: ‘All players need to adapt, and if he can do that quickly, I think he’ll be fine.
‘The game is quicker than Serie A, definitely.’ He even highlighted Casemiro as an example – someone with experience, but had faced discipline issues in the Premier League.
Amrabat won’t be able to make his debut as Manchester United take on Arsenal, as his signing came too late for registration. However, he will be eager to get started and will likely make his first appearance after the international break, when United face Brighton.
Erik ten Hag had hoped to bring in another midfielder and has finally got his man
Amrabat completed his medical as part of a deadline day switch to Manchester United on loan
Amrabat expressed his excitement on joining the Red Devils, saying: ‘It is a huge honour to become a Manchester United player. I’ve had to be patient for this moment, but I’m someone who always listens to my heart, and now I am representing the club of my dreams.’
As the spotlight turns to Amrabat’s eagerly anticipated debut, United fans will be watching closely to see if he can successfully adapt to the Premier League’s unforgiving demands and help the team achieve success this season.