United boss Erik ten Hag has defended Dutch striker Weghorst, claiming that he makes everyone play better
Man United’s new signing Weghorst hasn’t scored many goals since joiing in January but Erik ten Hag believes that he helps enhance the players around him.
Ten Hag defends Wout Weghorst for his style of play
Man United boss Erik ten Hag has come to his compatriot Weghorst’s defense as the Dutch striker has only scored once for the Premier League side ever since he arrived in January.
“He is the one who makes players around him play better,” Ten Hag said.
“As a team we have to work better to anticipate his movements because his movements are good, and quite a lot of times he was close [to scoring].
“He had many good actions and already a lot of good contributions to our results. He will score, but in the meantime he will do the other stuff, and do it good.”
Ten Hag pointed out that it is not about the individuals and their records but the team’s performance.
“It is not just about scoring as an individual but scoring from the team,” Ten Hag added. “The team has to win. He is doing a very good job at this moment in several aspects.”
The Dutch tactician also touched on Martial’s situation as the Frenchman is one of the many United players with injuries.
“He is not always available, but also I see the other side when he is available,” Ten Hag said.
“He was never 100 per cent this season but he had a big impact every time he is available, even when he is at 80, 85, 90 per cent.
“I think Anthony Martial is the player who has spent the most hours at Carrington this season, to return to recover, to get back, it is really so a pity for him that he is disappointed.
“He’s not always available and we want him to be always available as that will improve our game and because routines can’t become routines when you’re not always available.”