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Manchester United Complete Loan Signing of Burnley Striker

Erik ten Hag pushed for Weghorst signing
Manchester, England, 6th January 2023. Erik ten Hag manager of Manchester United during the The FA Cup match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture credit should read: Andrew Yates / Sportimage - Photo by Icon sport

Manchester United have completed a deal to sign the Netherlands striker, Wout Weghorst, on loan from Burnley for the rest of the 2022/23 season.

The striker had been loaned out to Turkish side Beskistas after Burnley were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season but now the 30-year old is set to make a big return to England.

The forward, who netted two goals and at the Qatar World Cup in the Netherlands game against eventual winners Argentina, is now set to do a medical with Man United after an agreement has been made with Beskistas.

Weghorst’s Recent Record

The tall striker managed to net nine goals and provided four assists for his Turkish club in 18 games in the Super Lig and Turkiye Kupasi Cup. He most recently lined out for the side on 7th January, scoring in the team’s 2-1 win over Kasimpasa before seeming to wave a goodbye to fans after the fixture.

Weghorst scores for Beskistas last week

Weghorst didn’t taste as much goal scoring success in England after he signed for Burnley from Wolfsburg for 12 million pounds. In Germany, the striker maintained an excellent record, netting 70 goals and providing 22 assists for VFL Wolfsburg in 144 games for the side.

The 6’5 striker joined Burnley as they were engaged in a fierce relegation battle. The Dutch man never really got going in the Premier League, scoring twice and assisting three times for Burnley as they failed to escape the drop to the Championship.

The Red Devils will be hoping the forward can perform better when playing under fellow Dutch man and Man United manager Erik ten Hag. The coach’s style and playing talent should allow Weghorst to receive many more chances and goal scoring opportunities at Old Trafford.

Will Weghorst be a Suitable Signing?

Ten Hag is said to have been interested in signing Weghorst courtesy of the striker’s personality as much as his footballing ability. Recent reports suggest that Weghorst gave his all in Netherlands training at the recent World Cup despite knowing that he was set to be a reserve player.

Weghorst will come into the fold upon the departure of superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo, after he brought his unhappy stint at the club to an end  after the World Cup and joined Saudi Pro League side Al-Nassr FC.

Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix was heavily linked with Man United early in the window and looked likely to sign on loan at Old Trafford. However, the Portuguese star has since joined Chelsea on loan while United have opted for Weghorst.

The signing has surprised many onlookers. Ex-footballer Wesley Sneijder recently expressed his feelings that the signing was a stunt by Man United.

“Surely not. I would find that very strange,” Sneijder said on the Veronica Offside podcast when asked about United’s Weghorst signing.

“I think they’ve seen the trick with the free kick [in the quarter-final of the World Cup against Argentina], so they don’t fall for that in England anymore,” he said, “In terms of striker, is he really someone United are waiting for? I don’t think so.”

“They still have 300 of those in the Premier League. It must be a stunt. This really can’t be true. They still have 300 of those in the Premier League. It must be a stunt. This really can’t be true.”

Though the transfer has come out of left-field, Weghorst could be a valuable signing for the Manchester side as they scout for a more suitable transfer to make in the summer.