Manchester United star might already have played his last game for the club

Manchester United midfielder Marcel Sabitzer and Bruno Fernandes with teammates.

Marcel Sabitzer will miss the final four games of the season for Manchester United Reuters/Lee Smith.

Marcel Sabitzer has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a meniscal injury, which might also spell the end of his career at Manchester United.

The Austrian arrived on loan from Bayern Munich on deadline day in January as an emergency replacement for the injured Christian Eriksen. As soon as the Dane returned to action, Sabitzer lost his starting spot under Erik ten Hag. In his last appearance before the injury, the 29-year-old came off the bench in United’s 1-0 defeat against West Ham on the road.

Sabitzer was temporarily signed without any option or obligation to buy and will return to Bayern at the end of the season. However, the Bundesliga leaders are open to letting the midfielder leave permanently.

Manchester United are yet to open talks with Bayern Munich for Sabitzer

United have not made any decision on the player ahead of the summer transfer window which will see several stars depart in order to trim the bloated squad and make space for quality additions.

Sabitzer’s far-from-convincing performances are unlikely to help his case at Old Trafford. As part of a double pivot, the Bayern loanee’s lack of positional awareness left United’s backline vulnerable at times. He isn’t a volume passer, which led to chaos in midfield when he was paired alongside the likes of Casemiro and Fred. His pressing is impressive but isn’t any better than Fred.

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In fact, his best performance in a United shirt came against Sevilla, where he played at Number 10 and scored a brace in a 2-2 draw in the Europa League. Having said that, he isn’t an upgrade on the ever-reliant and ever-present Bruno Fernandes in that position.

Apart from his versatility, Sabitzer doesn’t bring much to the table, and in a summer where the budget is going to be limited due to financial fair play, Ten Hag will be better off spending his resources on priority targets.