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Sofyan Amrabat’s future at United no longer obvious with Kobbie Mainoo’s emergence

Manchester United midfielder Sofyan Amrabat could leave the club next summer following the emergence of Kobbie Mainoo, according to Calciomercato.

The Moroccan was the subject of immense speculation last summer. A number of clubs were linked with his services but United eventually signed him on loan after ‘a long and exhausting’ saga.

The Red Devils paid €10 million for the temporary deal. They have the option to buy him for €25m but Calciomercato claim that is no longer obvious with Mainoo’s breakthrough.

Amrabat has been ‘struggling beyond expectations’ and there is the belief that Mainoo could keep his starting role for the next few games following his fantastic full league debut.

There was plenty of hype when Amrabat arrived at United earlier this term, but he could return to Florence at the end of the campaign if he fails to turnaround his fortunes.

Amrabat has had tough introduction to English football

The 27-year-old was much fancied to compete with Casemiro for the number six role, but he is currently out of contention for a starting berth under manager Erik ten Hag.

Casemiro’s injury saw Scott McTominay get the nod in the XI. Despite further injuries to Christian Eriksen and Mason Mount, Amrabat still finds himself on the United bench.

Mainoo has fully recovered from a knee issue that disrupted his pre-season. The youngster was brilliant for much of the summer and we are not surprised by his selection.

Amrabat, who was described as ‘world-class‘ by Morocco manager Walid Regragui at the World Cup, now finds himself in a tough situation with Mainoo ahead of him in the pecking order.

Things could only get worse for him as the season progresses with Casemiro, Eriksen and Mount expected to be fit and available for United during the second half of the season.

Amrabat still has time on his hands to make an impression, but the big question is whether he will get the opportunity to do so. Ten Hag tends to prefer a settled midfield partnership.

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