Official: Manchester United confirm stance on Marcel Sabitzer and Wout Weghorst
The two players were signed on loan deals but haven’t done enough to earn a permanent move at Old Trafford. Weghorst arrived in January from Burnley when his loan spell at Besiktas was cut short.
There was no option or obligation to buy the Netherlands from the Clarets. Sabitzer, meanwhile, joined us from Bayern Munich in the winter on deadline day as we searched to replace the injured Christian Eriksen.
There wasn’t any option to buy the 29-year-old Austria international as well. As it stands, the two players will leave Manchester United and re-join their parent clubs. An official statement from Man United reads:
“In terms of incoming loans at United, Marcel Sabitzer and Wout Weghorst are due to return to Bayern Munich and Burnley, respectively. Both made telling contributions to our Carabao Cup success and clinching a top-three place in the Premier League, with Weghorst supplying the assist for Marcus Rashford’s goal in the final win over Newcastle United at Wembley.
“Sabitzer scored twice in the home Europa League tie with Sevilla, after opening his account in the Emirates FA Cup comeback against Fulham, but missed the run-in due to a knee problem.”
Pretty self-explanatory. Both were always going to be a short-term fix here. Eriksen has returned from his injury while we are in the process of signing Mason Mount from Chelsea.
Weghorst, meanwhile, hardly impressed anyone here. A tally of two goals in 31 games is a very poor return for a Manchester United player.
He was brought in to start up front after Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock exit in November. The Red Devils must now focus on signing a proper world-class striker for the long term.
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