Man United was forced to enter the striker market in January due to Cristiano Ronaldo’s premature departure. Liverpool pounced on a deal for Cody Gakpo, pulling the rug out from under Manchester United.
In reality, the Red Devils were never expected to spend significantly in the winter window. Their true goal was to sign a stopgap solution before seeking an elite-level frontman at the end of the season.
Ten Hag turned to Burnley’s Wout Weghorst after his loan arrangement with Besiktas was terminated.
The Netherlands international has been greatly favored by his management, making 18 appearances thus far, the vast majority of which have been started.
Even Marcus Rashford’s recent move to center midfield hasn’t resulted in Weghorst sliding out of the starting lineup. When Rashford gets up to the top, Weghorst moves down to No. 10.
While he has definitely gained his manager’s faith, his low goal return has become a source of controversy.
Yet, he has only two goals in 18 appearances, and his inconsistency in front of the goal has continued through the recent international break.
Weghorst had nine shots versus Gibraltar earlier this week and had an xG of 2.16. Weghorst, on the other hand, was unable to score against a team ranked 200th in the world, who were also reduced to 10 men in the 51st minute.
The Netherlands won 3-0, with goals from Memphis Depay and Nathan Ake of Manchester City. With five goals, Ake, the Netherlands’ center-back, is tied with Weghorst.
After the triumph, Dutch icon Ruud Gullit couldn’t hide his displeasure at what he saw from Weghorst.
Gullit told Ziggo Sport that he always looks at Weghorst “in a strange way,” and that “every now and then you find deficiencies” in the 30-year-playing. old’s
He later said (through the Daily Mail): “I have a lot of respect for him.” Yet, I believe he is not talented enough for Manchester United or the Oranje (Dutch national team).”