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Wout Weghorst opens up on life at Man Utd

Burnley loanee Wout Weghorst has opened up on his life at Manchester United for the first time since joining the club as a short-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Dutch striker touched down at Old Trafford in January as an emergency signing after the Red Devils severed ties with the Portuguese superstar.

But despite enjoying plenty of playing time under Erik ten Hag, the 30-year-old has failed to live up to expectations, netting only against Nottingham Forest and Real Betis thus far.

Though he’s yet to score in the Premier League as a Man Utd player, Weghorst is seemingly happy at the Theatre of Dreams.

Asked about his brief experience at Old Trafford, he replied (via Man Utd’s official YouTube channel): “Really positive. Really good feeling, great feeling, and yeah, still really special. I’m proud to be here.”

Weghorst also highlighted the difficulty of playing in the Premier League, insisting it’s incomparable to other leagues.

“Premier League, to be honest, you can’t compare to anything, the level, intensity, tempo, it’s different,” he added.

“Not only the Super Lig in Turkey. I’ve also played in the Netherlands and the Bundesliga, but I think the Premier League is the biggest and the toughest competition in the world.”

Speaking of Old Trafford, the Dutch international was all praise for the stadium and the atmosphere.

“Special! The stadium is beautiful – it’s got old-school football – I love it,” Weghorst said. “You can feel how big the club is – how it’s been lifted on matchdays. Really great to be part of it.”

Weghorst couldn’t avoid hailing his special relationship with his countryman ten Hag, who has established him at Man Utd.

“We are from the same area, but this is the first time we’ve been working closely together,” he said. “We have similarities – we’re both living to win, to win trophies, to deliver and to be there every single match.”

The towering striker has had a hard time scoring in 2023, but he is still in the Netherlands squad that will begin their European Championship qualification campaign on Friday.

As the only out-an-out striker at Koeman’s disposal, he could start when the Oranje take on 2022 World Cup runners-up France in a mouth-watering Group B opener later this evening.

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