Wout Weghorst insists starting 18 straight matches for Manchester United ‘shows that I am doing a good job for the team’, as Ronald Koeman says striker could lead the line for Netherlands
- Wout Weghorst has become a mainstay in Man United’s team since joining
- Weghorst believes his run of starts shows Erik ten Hag’s faith in his contribution
- Ronald Koeman says Weghorst is an option to start for the Dutch national team
Wout Weghorst has claimed he must be doing a good job at Manchester United after starting 18 consecutive matches under Erik ten Hag.
The 30-year-old arrived on loan from Burnley in a shock January move and has become an integral part of Ten Hag’s side.
Weghorst has only scored two goals since his arrival, but contributed to the Red Devils winning the Carabao Cup last month.
The 6ft 6in forward has also earned praise from his manager for his selfless work for the team.
Weghorst told The Sun his continued presence in the team shows Ten Hag’s trust in his contribution.
Wout Weghorst believes his run of starts shows the trust in him at Manchester United
Erik ten Hag has praised Weghorst’s work for the team since his arrival on loan in January
‘That’s a lot of matches and it shows the trust in me,’ Weghorst said. ‘It also shows that I am doing a good job for the team.
‘That was the thing I wanted when I came here – to contribute and try and help the club to be successful to win trophies.
‘We have one now. We have two more to go with the Europa League and FA Cup, and we want to get as high as possible in the table and definitely top four for the Champions League.
‘So it just shows me that I am being part of it. And being part of us being successful and that appreciation, that’s a good thing.’
Despite Ten Hag’s praise and his consecutive run of starts, Weghorst has faced strong criticism during his time at Manchester United.
The decision to play Weghorst as a number 10, as well as a striker, has been criticised by pundits.
His performances for United could see Weghorst earn a start for Holland in their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers.
Ronald Koeman, who has returned to the job, believes Weghorst has the ability to start up front rather than come off the bench for his side.
Dutch national coach Ronald Koeman believes Weghorst is a serious option to start up front
‘He is absolutely not a Plan B,’ Koeman said, as reported by Voetbal International.
‘In my first period that was the reason to choose Luuk de Jong and not Wout.
‘But Wout has developed in such a way that he is a serious option. I see him as a striker, not as number ten.’
Holland will face France in their opening Euro 2024 qualifier on Friday, before hosting Gibraltar on March 27.