Thomas Muller admits 'surprise' over Marcel Sabitzer's Man United move

‘The team was surprised!’: Thomas Muller admits the Bayern Munich squad did not expect Marcel Sabitzer to join Man United on deadline day… but insists the Austrian will return in the summer because ‘the chapter isn’t over yet’

  • Marcel Sabitzer has joined Manchester United on loan for the rest of the season 
  • Austrian was rushed in after Christian Eriksen was ruled out for three months
  • His Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller was surprised but happy for him

Thomas Muller has admitted that the Bayern Munich squad were surprised by Marcel Sabitzer’s deadline day move to Manchester United.

Sabitzer, the first Austrian to play for Man United, sealed a loan deal until the end of the season as Erik ten Hag desperately searched for a replacement for Christian Eriksen, who has been ruled out for three months.

The 28-year-old had become frustrated at a shortage of game time at Bayern since Julian Nagelsmann, his coach at Leipzig, took him to the Allianz Arena with him in the summer of 2021. 

In fact, since German football restarted after the World Cup, Sabitzer has been on the field for just five minutes amid intense competition from the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Ryan Gravenberch, Thomas Muller and Jamal Musiala. 

Although Muller did not expect Sabitzer to leave, he believes it will increase his chances of playing.

Thomas Muller has admitted that the Bayern Munich squad were surprised by Marcel Sabitzer’s Manchester United move

The Austrian midfielder has signed for Man United until the end of the season amid a lack of minutes at Bayern

‘The team was surprised. It happened very quickly,’ he told Kicker.

‘I’m happy for Sabi that he’s moving to Manchester United, getting a chance to play there. Manchester is a huge name.’ 

But Muller has no concerns over whether the midfielder is leaving Bayern for good. ‘He’ll be back in the summer,’ the striker added. ‘The chapter isn’t over yet.’

Ten Hag will hope the experienced midfielder can hit the ground running straight away with United still involved in four major competitions.

On top of four Premier League matches this month, the Red Devils also have a two-legged Europa League tie with Barcelona before a trip to Wembley to play Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final.

Sabitzer will be hoping to make his debut as Manchester United host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on the weekend. 

Sabitzer was pictured training with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday afternoon

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