Erik ten Hag reveals why Man Utd went all out to sign Wout Weghorst and says he will surprise fans

    ERIK TEN HAG has revealed why Manchester United swooped to sign Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley.

    Weghorst joined the Red Devils on Friday and was in the stands to watch the 2-1 win over Manchester City today.

    Manchester United signed Wout Weghorst on loan until the end of the season

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    Manchester United signed Wout Weghorst on loan until the end of the seasonCredit: Getty

    The 30-year-old could make his United debut in Wednesday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

    Weghorst had been on loan at Besiktas for the season, but United forked out £2.5million in compensation to the Turkish club to cut the move short.

    United will also pay Burnley around £2.6m to take him on loan.

    And his fellow Dutchman Ten Hag, who has tracked the striker for some time, has revealed exactly why the Red Devils went all out to sign him.

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    The gaffer said: “He is adding a type of striker we don’t have in this moment and I’ve known him for a long time and I’ve followed him through the leagues.”

    Ten Hag added: “He’s a goalscorer definitely but also a type who will work for the team, who is a really good pressing player in defending, so he can contribute [there] as well.”

    The United boss went on to say that Weghorst will surprise fans with his counter-attacking speed – despite his 6ft 6in frame.

    Ten Hag continued: “He’s a box player who can also play counter-attack, you won’t expect it always when you see his profile but he’s a really good counter player. 

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    “I’ve seen many goals, especially in the Bundesliga where they play a lot of counter there, and he was really effective.”

    Weghorst will also bring qualities off the pitch in terms of his personality, according to Ten Hag.

    He added: “I never only look at a player and his technical skills, I look at the personality so the total human being and I think he will contribute extra to that winning attitude.”

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