Wout Weghorst blames Erik ten Hag's tactics for his struggles on loan at Man United last season… after the striker scored just two goals during his time at Old Trafford
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Wout Weghorst blames Erik ten Hag's tactics for his struggles on loan at Man United last season… after the striker scored just two goals during his time at Old Trafford

Dec 31, 2023
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Wout Weghorst has blamed Erik ten Hag‘s tactics for his failed loan stint at Manchester United last season.

The Dutch striker joined the club from Burnley for the second-half of last season after the Red Devils paid Besiktas to cut short his loan with the Turkish side. 

Weghorst was delighted to make the move to Old Trafford and almost broke down in tears after scoring his first goal for the club in a Europa League clash with Real Betis. 

The 31-year-old who is now on loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, said that the way United played under Ten Hag was ‘different’ from what he has been used to in Germany and Turkey where teams played for him.

As reported by the Mirror, he said: ‘They were super successful months in which we hardly lost. I was also very important for the team, as both a focal point of play and hard-working link between midfield and attack.

Wout Weghorst struggled to find the back of the net during his time at Manchester United

Wout Weghorst struggled to find the back of the net during his time at Manchester United

Weghorst has blamed Erik ten Hag's tactics saying they played 'different' to what he's used to

Weghorst has blamed Erik ten Hag’s tactics saying they played ‘different’ to what he’s used to

Weghorst is now on another loan stint from Burnley at German side Hoffenheim (pictured)

Weghorst is now on another loan stint from Burnley at German side Hoffenheim (pictured)

‘Only my goals were lagging behind. That gnawed at me and was the reason why I lost my starting place.

‘The Premier League is by far the toughest league in the world, with the best defenders. But we were rarely the dominant side creating chances. And the way we played was also different from what I was used to.

‘In Germany and Turkey, the teams always played for me. I was the end of the line, while at United I mainly had to ensure that others could excel. I think I managed that very well. But whichever way you look at it, I would have liked to score much more often.’

United signed Weghorst after he helped the Netherlands reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar.

Ten Hag’s side were short of options in attack, leading to the Red Devils paying around £2m to cut short his loan with Besiktas.

Weghorst scored two goals in 31 appearances for United and almost broke down in tears after scoring his first for the club in a Europa League last-16 clash with Spanish side Real Betis

Weghorst scored two goals in 31 appearances for United and almost broke down in tears after scoring his first for the club in a Europa League last-16 clash with Spanish side Real Betis

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Playing the Red Devils was his boyhood dream, though they opted against signing him in the summer transfer window.

Weghorst said: ‘There was zero adjustment time. The pressure was bizarre and the physical strain greater than I had ever experienced.’

This season he has scored four goals in 14 appearances for Hoffenheim. 



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