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Wout Weghorst desperate to celebrate ‘special moment’ of first Manchester United goal at Old Trafford

Manchester United forward Wout Weghorst (Adam Davy/PA) (PA Wire)
Manchester United forward Wout Weghorst (Adam Davy/PA) (PA Wire)

Wout Weghorst feels things can only get better after a positive start to his Manchester United career.

The 30-year-old Dutchman joined United in January on a loan deal from Burnley until the end of the season, having spent the first half of the campaign in Turkey with Besiktas.

Weghorst has started all nine games since joining Erik ten Hag’s side, and scored his first goal in the Carabao Cup win at Nottingham Forest last month.

United return to Premier League action against Leicester on Sunday, when Weghorst will be aiming to help strengthen the team’s hold on a Champions League spot.

“It’s good and I’m happy. That’s the thing that I wanted before I came here, to be part of it, to be important and the start overall is good,” Weghorst told the club’s media.

“There is room for improvement and things can go better but, as a beginning, the most important thing is that we are keeping on track like we are doing now by winning the games.

“Of course you want to have as much of a contribution in it by scoring goals and feeling important. There is a little bit of room for improvement still, but we keep going.”

Weghorst hopes it will not be long before he can celebrate a goal at Old Trafford.

“Whether it’s the first one or not, at the end as a striker you want to score goals,” Weghorst said. “That’s the best feeling, the most amazing feeling and is what you are doing it for as a striker.

“I am waiting for the first one here at Old Trafford. Unfortunately it has taken a little bit too long already for myself, but I have to stay quiet and just work really hard and do my thing.

“Then hopefully that will come soon. I think that will be a special moment.”

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United will be looking to maintain momentum on their return to action following the 2-2 draw away at Barcelona in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Antony, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial missed the trip to Spain because of injury, while Lisandro Martinez and Marcel Sabitzer were suspended.

Ten Hag said he was not sure if any of the injured trio would return against Leicester, but is happy to welcome back the suspended duo.

“You don’t want to miss them in the squad, in Barcelona. They are important players for our team,” the United boss said.

“They are back in the squad (for Sunday), which is good. That will strengthen the squad, so we will have a good team.”

Midfielder Casemiro, however, must serve the last of his three-game domestic ban.