Dutch striker Wout Weghorst has been accused of being ‘not good enough’ to play for Manchester United or the Netherlands national side by Oranje legend, Ruud Gullit.
Speaking with Ziggo Sport, Gullit said that he always looks at Weghorst ‘in a weird way’, and that ‘every now and then you see defects’ in the 30-year-old’s game.
Ruud went on to say ‘I have a lot of admiration for him, but at the same time, I think he is not good enough for Manchester United and the Oranje,’ – a damning assessment of the striker brought into the Manchester United setup on loan just over two months ago during the January transfer window.
Weghorst has not scored a goal since the 4-1 victory over Real Betis in the Europa League round of 16 at Old Trafford on March 9, his first at the Theatre of Dreams for Manchester United. This only his second goal for the Red Devils, his first back in January in the 3–0 away win over Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg.
Gullit’s remarks came after Holland’s 3-0 victory over the globally ranked 200th side Gibraltar in the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign. Goals on the night came from Memphis Depay and a brace from centre-back Nathan Ake. This match in particular saw the Oranje have 52 shots on goal (12 on target), only 3 of those coming from Weghorst himself even after 90 minutes of action.
A bad international break Weghorst, not ideal now returning to a Manchester United setup eager to capitalize on still being involved and fighting for 3 more trophies (although only 2 realistically). United return to the Premier League campaign this coming Sunday (2nd April) facing off against this season’s surprise package Newcastle United.
It’s been over 3 years since Newcastle claimed victory over the Red Devils, a 1-0 win back in October 2019 which saw Steve Bruce’s Toon Army lifted out of the relegation zone after a Matty Longstaff strike sealed all three points.
Ruud Gullit’s words don’t come without a pinch of truth however, the Striker brought in from Turkish Süper Lig club Beşiktaş to fill in the Cristiano Ronaldo-shaped hole in the front line of the attack has been underwhelming in goals returned during his 8 games so far. Wout will be looking to rekindle his VfL Wolfsburg form (59 goals in 118 appearances) at the business end of the season – otherwise Manchester United might end the 2022-23 campaign having lost their grasp on a potential trophy-filled season.
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