Manchester United’s new signing Sofyan Amrabat has been reunited with manager Erik ten Hag after the pair worked together at Dutch side Utrecht several years ago

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Sofyan Amrabat hailed Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag as one of the most important figures in his career after being reunited with him at Old Trafford.

Amrabat, who joined United on loan from Fiorentina on deadline day, came through Utrecht’s academy when Ten Hag was in charge there, making 50 appearances for the first-team. Hailing the importance of Ten Hag in his development, Morocco star Amrabat said: “It was very important because I was very young.

“I was 18, 19-years-old and he gave me the chance to play in the first-team with Utrecht. We had a fantastic time, a really good season. I learned a lot from him so maybe he’s one of the most important people in my career for now.

“It’s fantastic because I think Erik ten Hag is a coach who will push always to the limit. He’s hungry. He wants to win.

“He’s a winner and I like that. I think I’m also similar, I’m also a winner. I want to win every day so it’s a good match.”

Amrabat, one of stand-out performers of Morocco’s surprise run to the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar last year, was brought in to bolster Ten Hag’s midfield options at United. United have paid an £8.6million loan fee and have an option to make the deal permanent for £17.1m, plus £4.2m in add-ons.

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Amrabat said he is relishing the chance to emulate United’s legendary midfielders of the past as he prepares to make his debut for the Red Devils. “I think United had so many fantastic players and young midfielders,” said Amrabat.

“So, in general, I look more to the midfielders like Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, David Beckham. But there were so many big players. Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Louis Saha, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo. I can go on for one hour to say names.

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“Of course my brother and I spoke about it. He told me that he thinks that I have to go to the Premier League, it is the strongest league in the world so now I’m here, I can’t wait.”

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