A few weeks after making a surprise move to Old Trafford, Wout Weghorst finally won the first trophy of his career with Manchester United. He described it as the realization of a lifelong goal.
After spending the first part of the season in Turkey with Besiktas, the Dutch striker joined on loan from Championship club Burnley in January. He said that had he been presented with this opportunity two months earlier, he would have said, “Deal!”. The dutch player has been a regular in Ten Hag’s side for quite some time now.
He particularly rose to fame in the World Cup, in the very heated match against Netherlands. The Dutch substitute spectacularly scored two consecutive goals in the 83rd and 90+11th minute to send the game to penalties. Things got more interesting when Messi exchanged some heated words with the Dutch substitute during an interview.
He said in Spanish, via AlbicelesteTalk, “QUE MIRAS BOBO JAJAJAJAJAJAJAA BASADO MI CAPITÁN (Who are you looking at? Go ahead you stupid).”
It was an ugly edge to Messi that had not been seen before, but Martinez still sees the funny side, nicknaming Weghorst ‘Bobo’ since his arrival at Old Trafford, according to SPORT. Messi later admitted that the game’s heated nature got to him and regretted his actions.
Wout Weghorst scored his first goal at Old Trafford as Manchester United defeated Real Betis 4-1 in the first leg of our Europa League round of 16 matchups.
In his fifteenth appearance, the Dutchman scored his second goal since joining the team on loan in January. Erik ten Hag gave credit to the forward following the game.
The team’s manager acknowledged that he would have preferred for his number 27 to have found the back of the goal more frequently, but he was extremely anxious to emphasize that Weghorst’s attitude and perseverance aid the team in many different ways.
“He is often in the right position, then he fails [to score], but he keeps going,” enthused Erik.
“He showed great personality and character [and] not only in this game.
“I think also in this game he could have already [scored] his goal, early on, but he keeps focused, he keeps working and he keeps putting himself in the right positions and finally he got his goal and his reward.”
The fans and the coach alike have praised Weghorst for his work rate on the pitch.
With his fellow striker Anthony Martial being side-lined recently due to injury, Weghorst has played all 15 games since he joined on loan from Burnley.
Ten Hag hinted that the 30-year-old might have featured less had the Frenchman been available more often, but again he opted to praise Weghorst, this time for his fitness and powers of recovery.
“Why does he start every game? Because he is capable. He is physically capable to play a lot of games. He is a very fit player, and he recovers very well.”
Things are definitely looking up for Weghorst and if he continues to work hard he will gain the fans’ trust, who will want the coach to sign him permanently.