Wout Weghorst opens up on first month at Manchester United

Manchester United scoured the market for a striker in January to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo, with Erik ten Hag eventually landing on countryman Wout Weghorst.

The former Burnley star had enjoyed an impressive first half of the season with Besiktas and joined the Reds on a six-month deal without an option to buy, meaning he is likely to return to his parent club when the arrangement expires.

Weghorst has started all games since he signed for the club and has immediately become central to Ten Hag’s plans. The 30-year-old has now opened up on his first month at the club, admitting he is enjoying life in Manchester.

“It’s good and I’m happy. That’s the thing that I wanted before I came here, to be part of it, to be important and the start overall is good,” Weghorst is quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website.

“There’s room for improvement and things can go better but, as a beginning, the most important thing is that we’re keeping on track like we’re doing now by winning the games.

“Of course you want to have as much of a contribution in it by scoring goals and feeling important. There’s a little bit of room for improvement still, but we keep going.”

Anthony Martial is the only out-and-out striker competing with Weghorst but the Frenchman’s battles with injuries mean that Marcus Rashford has been used in that position lately.

The 25-year-old prefers to play on the left-hand side but has been used in the middle in recent weeks, with Weghorst then dropping down into a deeper role.

Previously, Weghorst had flirted with the idea of making his move permanent but as things stand, United would have to broker a separate deal to make that happen and it remains to be seen if that is of any interest.

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