Marcel Sabitzer says he wants to experience more cup glory with Manchester United before he packs his bags in the summer. The Austria international, 29, scored the first goal of his Old Trafford career against Fulham on Sunday.
That helped put United in a Wembley FA Cup semi-final against Brighton, with the prize of victory a showdown with either Manchester City or Sheffield United in the final on June 3. But after having played in the Carabao Cup final as well as the Europa League for the Red Devils, Sabitzer is determined to leave a lasting impression from his time in Manchester.
“First of all we have to take Brighton and they are a tough opponent, a good team. But at Wembley, we can expect a lot,” the Bayern Munich man on loan at United said.
“We are prepared for it. We are excited, and we want to go to the final. I am very happy to be part of this team though, this amazing club, and I feel very welcomed.”
Sabitzer was a late draft-in from Bayern in the closing days of the January window after Christian Eriksen was ruled out until late April with an ankle injury. But is Eriksen ahead of target and on course to return after the international break.
While manager Erik ten Hag also still harbours ambitions of luring in Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona and that means Sabitzer could be surplus to requirements by summer. He added: “I had to make a quick decision to join in January.
“I was focused on this, it was clear it is just a loan until the summer. But I take every game as it comes, I am very happy to be here. I will give 100 per cent. Whatever happens in the summer, we will see.”
Sabitzer could return to Munich to fight for a place but having showcased his skills a move to a rival Premier League club might be a more likely outcome. The midfielder explained: “I can play all over midfield and I like to do the dirty work.
“I like to run, to go forward, box-to-box movements. A lot of transitions and high-intensity games are what I am having here and I am very happy.” United’s come-from-behind win on Sunday was their seventh this season and second in the FA Cup following a replica 1-3 scoreline against West Ham in the last round.
Despite the effort to haul themselves back in front and an accumulation of games given their runs in three Cup competitions boss Ten Hag insisted there must be no let up from his squad from now until May. “I think we are in the position we want where to be – to win trophies – but we have to fight for it,” he said. “We need the whole squad because we already played a game from Christmas on every third, fourth day and that will continue until the end of the season.
“But that is what we love, that will give us energy when you can compete for trophies, when you are in the position where you want to be, that gives you also energy.” United now enjoy a break until their next match which comes when they travel to St James' Park to take on high-flying Newcastle on April 2.
Ten Hag's charges got the better of the Magpies at Wembley in the League Cup final last month but the two teams drew 0-0 in the league earlier this season at Old Trafford. Victory for Newcastle on home soil would see them leapfrog United in the table courtesy of a superior goal difference.