Manchester United told to avoid Wout Weghorst permanent signing at all costs
The Netherlands international joined the Red Devils on a loan move from Burnley in January after a successful 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign with the Dutch side in Qatar. Two goals against Argentina in the quarterfinal were apparently enough to convince the Red Devils that he was the man.
His contract expires in the summer and does not include an option to buy. Saha has urged the Red Devils to keep it that way and let him re-join the Clarets. The comments come after a drab performance in Man United’s 2-2 draw against Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League last eight.
His main problem with the former VfL Wolfsburg striker is his lack of goals. When you see Weghorst on the field, you feel that the drawbacks his game may have would be compensated by the goals he can bring just by being tall and with his fox-in-the-box instincts.
But he has managed just two goals in 21 games across competitions for us. That is an appalling tally for any striker playing regularly for a ‘big six’ club.
“In terms of numbers, it’s clear that Wout Weghorst needs to score more goals because that is what a club like Manchester United need. When the ball is coming through from Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford or Antony, you need a striker who can score 15-20 goals a season.
“However, it’s not good enough that he’s scored twice in 20 games, and I don’t see that changing before the end of the season. In terms of his mentality, he works hard, but that is not good enough. For me, he hasn’t done enough to show people that he deserves his spot in the team beyond the summer. The manager has a better idea as he sees him in training every day, but for me, Wout is not the answer.”
No one in their right mind would be wanting soon-to-be-31-year-old Weghorst to be our long-term solution up front. Obviously, he was a makeshift signing for the time being.
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He won’t be a bad option to keep on the bench but there is no way the fans will forgive the board if Manchester United end the summer without a world-class forward being added to their ranks.