‘People have been critical that he’s come to the club – THAT’S what he’s brought in for’: Roy Keane hails Wout Weghorst after his first Man United goal, insisting he ‘can see why they gambled on him’
- Roy Keane heaped praise on Wout Weghorst after scoring in the Carabao Cup
- The Dutch striker reacted the quickest to double Man United’s advantage in the tie
- Keane hit back at those who criticized United’s move for the ex-Burnley forward
Roy Keane heaped praise on Man United striker Wout Weghorst after the Dutchman scored in his side’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg win against Nottingham Forest.
The striker, on loan from Burnley, got off the mark for the Red Devils after reacting quickest to a rebound in the final moments of the first half at the City Ground.
The 30-year-old’s signing on loan to replace Cristiano Ronaldo was derided by many given his struggles at Turf Moor last season, but former United captain Keane insists it was a good piece of business.
Wout Weghorst scored his first goal for Manchester United against Nottingham Forest
Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane was quick to shower praise on the Holland international
Speaking on Sky Sports at half-time shortly after Weghorst had scored United’s second goal, Keane said: ‘Great finish, look at his [Weghorst’s] reactions.
‘People have been critical that he’s come to the club. That’s what he’s been brought to the club for. Huge goal for United.’
At full-time, Keane went further in his defense of Weghorst’s signing, adding: ‘Man United had to bring someone in. The manager made it clear, there was no money to spend. They lost Ronaldo, questions mark about Anthony Martial’s fitness… so I can see why they gambled on him.
I don’t think he’ll be a prolific goalscorer but if he pops up with the odd important goal like that and he helps Marcus. He’s an international player – he’s no mug!
Weghorst reacted the quickest to poke home and doubled United’s advantage in the cup tie
‘The perception about him, because he struggled in a Burnley team that was having a difficult season, people kind of judge him on that. Give the guy a chance, he scored an important goal for United tonight. Good luck to him.
His lack of pace can be a problem when United are trying to play on the counter-attack, but they’ll need to play to his strengths. He linked up well, took his goal well. There’s a reason he came on loan, because he’s obviously not top level. But the important thing is that the manager knows him well. You need characters in your dressing room.’
Michael Dawson added: ‘Take nothing away from Wout Weghorst. He’s an out-and-out No. 9 and I think he’s a good signing for Man United. He might not be the superstar name but he’s scored goals.’
Weghorst celebrated with teammate Antony, who had kick-started the move for the goal
Keane’s punditry partner, Gary Neville, said: ‘There’s a little bit to do with the finish and he does really well with the outside of his right foot.
Weghorst’s goal gave United some much-needed breathing space in the tie after Marcus Rashford had given the visitors the lead earlier in the first half.
The 25-year-old, who scored his 10th goal in just as many games, took six minutes to score for United again, driving down the left flank, taking on Serge Aurier and bursting past Joe Worral before firing past the helpless Wayne Hennessey in goal.
Rashford has been rejuvenated under Erik ten Hag and shows no sign of stopping at the moment and after Weghorst doubled the advantage, Bruno Fernandes netted a third late on to effectively complete the job.
Marcus Rashford continued his fine form for United with a brilliant solo goal against Forest