Erik ten Hag rates chances of Wout Weghorst staying at Man Utd

Erik ten Hag insists Wout Weghorst could join Manchester United on a permanent deal this summer.

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The Netherlands international made the surprise switch to Old Trafford in the January transfer window as his loan deal with Besiktas was terminated and he joined from Burnley on a temporary move until the end of the season.

However, Weghorst has struggled in front of goal since moving to United, scoring just two goals in 18 appearances for Ten Hag’s side.

But Ten Hag is adamant that the 30-year-old has played a key role in United’s strong form in the second half of the season and has not ruled out the idea of keeping the striker.

When asked if Weghorst has a chance of staying at United beyond this season, Ten Hag said: ‘Of course.

‘I think he is doing a lot of elements of football really well. He is doing a really good job for us in pressing, so he is the leader of the process in pressing. He starts the press and he is very good in the backward pressing.

‘He is taking other positions and his link-up play, he is doing really well. He creates movements and makes good movements. He is also good in the set plays.

‘He is really a contribution to the performance of this team and this team after Christmas, we played 25 games and we lost two games.

‘So you can see and he played nearly almost all those games. He was really a part of that success.’

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