MEN Sport understands that Manchester United are considering a loan move for the striker.
Manchester United appear to have found a striker to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in Wout Weghorst.
Burnley’s striker is on loan at Besiktas, where he has nine goals in 18 appearances. His most recent came in a 2-1 victory over Kasimpasa.
At the World Cup, Wout Weghorst locks his gaze on Lionel Messi.
Following the game, Weghorst appeared to be waving goodbye to the Turkish fans, and MEN Sport understands that the Reds approached Burnley on Thursday about a loan offer for the forward. Besiktas, on the other hand, are under no obligation to send the Dutch striker back to England because there is no release clause in the two clubs’ temporary contract.
Weghorst’s actions at full-time, on the other hand, appear to indicate that his time in Turkey is coming to an end. If that negotiation is successful and United completes the signing of the 30-year-old from the Championship club, Erik ten Hag will gain a player type that the club has not had in quite some time.
Weghorst, who stands around 6ft 5ins tall, is the prototypical target man. While players such as Robert Lewandowski have redefined that role in recent years, United must be wary of falling into a trap if/when he arrives.
Weghorst had a good time at the World Cup in Qatar. His most significant contribution came off the bench in the quarter-finals, when he scored two drɑmatic late goals to hold Argentina at bay.
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal altered the Netherlands’ strategy during that game, and it nearly worked. Despite a penalty shootout defeat, the South Americans advanced to the semi-finals.
Lionel Messi criticized Van Gaal’s tactics after the game. “Van Gaal sɑys they play good football, but what he did was put tall people on and Һit long balls,” he said.
While the direct approach is acceptable, United does not want to drastically alter their style by signing Weghorst. The Reds’ free-flowing, passing football has been a joy to watch since Ten Hag arrived at Old Trafford.
However, with a player like Weghorst in his ranks, Ten Hag may succumb to the same temptations that one of his predecessors did. The Reds must avoid changing their style for the sake of one player and instead use him as a “Plan B” approach when things need to be shaken up.
If they do this and heed Messi’s warning about becoming a team that only hoofs long balls up field, the Reds may have a smart signing on their hands.
Harry Maguire quit MU silently negotiating to join Aston Villa?
Harry Maguire is sᴜddenly said to be on his way to Aston Villa right in the winter transfer window.
In recent days, there have been a number of notable transfer rumors surrounding Manchester United. Besides the names that are rumored to move to Old Trafford, many sources sɑy that a few stars are facing the ρrosρect of leaving the Red Devils, typically the case of Harry Maguire.
Over the weekend, the English midfielder appeared in a restaurant near the Bodymoor Heath training center, where Unai Emery’s teachers and students practiced, sparking rumors that Maguire was preparing to join Aston Villa.
Harry Maguire went to dinner near the Aston Villa training ground.
Maguire is increasingly losing his position at MU. From the beginning of the season, he was constantly ignored by coach Erik ten Hag. Despite being both a bright spot in England’s defense in the 2022 World Cup, Maguire was not trusted by the Dutch strategist.
At Old Trafford at the moment, Raphael Varane – Lisandro Martinez is the number 1 central defender pair. Both complement each other quite well, helping De Gea keep 5/11 clean sheets when they play together.
Maguire is not used at MU.
However, a source from Sportsmail said, Ten Hag wants to keep Maguire until the end of the season before considering the future of the English captain.
It is expected that Maguire will be given the opportunity to start on the night of January 10, when MU receives Charlton Athletic in the quarter-finals of the English League Cup.
The Red Devils have no intention of selling their captain in the winter transfer window.
As for Aston Villa, their ranking has improved significantly after Unai Emery replaced Steven Gerrard since the beginning of November. Due to Diego Carlos’ long-term break due to injᴜry, the two main options under the defense are Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings. Calum Chambers and Jan Bednarek are ready to replace when necessary.