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Erik ten Hag drops update on Wout Weghorst’s future at Man Utd

Will Evans

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Erik ten Hag drops update on Wout Weghorst’s future at Man Utd

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has provided an update on the future of on loan striker Wout Weghorst.

The Dutch international moved to Old Trafford in January on loan from Championship side Burnley until the end of the season after impressing at the World Cup last year.

He's gone on to make 18 consecutive starts for the Red Devils despite receiving criticism from many including former United midfielder Paul Scholes who said he doesn't have the quality to stay beyond the summer.

Despite this, Weghorst has remained upbeat and when he scored his first Old Trafford goal last month he expressed an outpouring of emotion.

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His manager Ten Hag also retains faith in him and recently spoke about his potential future at the club.

What did he say?

Burnley are open to selling the striker and Ten Hag has opened the door for a permanent switch.

"Of course [he could stay permanently] and I think he is doing a lot of elements of football [I like] - doing them really well. And he's doing a really good job for us," he said, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

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"Pressing: he is the leader of the process in pressing, starts the press, very good in backward pressing. He is taking up positions, his link-up play he's doing really well.

"He is making good movements, making space for others, so he's also good in set-plays, so he is really contributing to this team."

As Ten Hag says, just because he's not scoring a huge amount of goals doesn't mean he isn't a crucial player.

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His positional play enables others to find space and whilst he might not be the most technical he gives defenders something else to think about.

It's likely United will recruit a new striker this summer with Harry Kane and Napoli's Victor Osimhen linked.

This would limit Weghorst's game time but he would still be a good player to have in the squad.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag, Wout Weghorst, Premier League, Burnley

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