Manchester United take decision on 30-year-old forward’s future beyond this season

Manchester United have decided against signing Wout Weghorst on a permanent deal after his loan spell expires

According to Manchester Evening News, Manchester United have decided not to pursue a permanent move to sign 30-year-old Burnley loanee Wout Weghorst on a permanent deal after his loan ends.

Weghorst joined United on a loan deal from Burnley in January after the lack of forward options that were within the club and the fact that we could not sign anyone on a permanent basis due to the uncertainty surrounding the ownership.

Weghorst was seen as a stop-gap option for Erik ten Hag, who shares the same nationality as the Dutchman. It seemed like an odd move then and it has seemed like a pretty subpar move until now.

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Manchester United decide against signing striker Wout Weghorst on a permanent deal (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

While he was praised initially for his high work rate, in the end, it would be apt to summarise that the Dutch international is just not on the level required to be the leading man for United. For a tall forward, he hasn’t been overly impressive in the air while his output in front of goal is way below par for the club to consider making the move permanent.

His work rate off the ball and desire shown to represent the club cannot be deemed enough for us to sign him on a permanent basis and the purpose for which he was brought in would ideally be solved by the end of the current season.

Man United should sign two forwards

Securing Champions League football would allow us to strengthen the squad in key areas and one of the priorities in that is to sign a top-class forward.

Looking at the club’s form up front and injury issues of another forward option in Anthony Martial makes one believe that the club should go for two forwards instead of one.

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The defeat against Brighton showed the need of a world class forward at Manchester United (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

One proven forward who can lead the line week in and week out with another big prospect who could be the understudy and eventually take over.

If the club does function in a similar manner, it would provide a drastic change to the way the club has been running for the past few years and finally bring the optimism back to Old Trafford.

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For now, we would need both Weghorst and Martial to contribute and help us get over the finish line and achieve our objectives for the season. A top-four finish is the priority while a second trophy for the season would be icing on the cake in what could be seen as a successful first campaign for Erik ten Hag in England.