Manchester United open talks to sign Bayern Munich star after Christian Eriksen blow

Manchester United have opened talks with Bayern Munich over the signing of midfielder Marcel Sabitzer after Christian Eriksen was ruled out for up to four months.

The Dane was the victim of a horrendous tackle by Reading’s Andy Carroll on Saturday and initial assessments suggest Eriksen will be out for at least the next 12 weeks.

That leaves United with Fred, Casemiro and Scott McTominay available in midfield for a gruelling run of fixtures that will see United play 19 times in the next 57 days.

United have therefore entered the market and widespread reports breaking this afternoon say the club have entered into talks with Bayern for Sabitzer.

The midfielder has 68 caps for Austria and has appeared for Bayern 45 times since his switch from RB Leipzig two years ago.

It’s unclear if the talks surround a permanent move or an emergency loan option but it is clear that Ten Hag feels he’s light in midfield.

As well as Eriksen’s absence, United are without Donny van de Beek following a knee injury he suffered that will keep him out for the remainder of the season.

McTominay has been ruled out of tonight’s game against Nottingham Forest, as well as Saturday’s clash against Crystal Palace.

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