Manchester United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick has praised Burnley new boy Wout Weghorst, comparing him to a Liverpool great.
The Premier League relegation fighters have signed a new striker after losing Chris Wood to Newcastle United. Weghorst joined the Clarets from Wolfsburg.
Manchester United are in line to face Burnley on Tuesday night at Turf Moor. Speaking at the 29-year-old striker’s pre-match press conference, Rangnick said:
“Yes, he looks a bit like Ian Rush with his size, for example, but he’s a very technical player. Due to his size, he’s also physically present, but he’s not much of a physical attacker. He’s more of a technical player.”
Rangnick also analyzed the new man’s impact on the Premier League and added:
“Also he had a good time at Wolfsburg when Oliver Glasner was head coach, he did extremely well and scored quite a few goals. Hopefully tomorrow he won’t score. He played against Watford and I obviously watched that game on TV I thought he was a good signing and one of the best possible signings to replace [Chris] Drink.”
Wout Weghorst started his professional career with Dutch team FC Emmen. He spent two seasons in the second division in the Netherlands before joining the Eredivisie. He then enjoyed four years of top-flight Dutch football.
Weghorst joined Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga in 2018. He scored 70 goals in 144 appearances for the German side.
The Dutch striker is known for his tall stature. However, he is also a technically gifted player. The 29-year-old is an ideal replacement for Wood at Burnley and is 1.97m tall. He is well suited to Burnley’s style of play (throwing long balls). Besides that, his neat feet inside the box will also help the Clarets in the Premier League.
His form over the next few months of this season could be crucial to Burnley’s hopes of fighting off another relegation battle.
Burnley’s landmark game offers Manchester United chance to bounce back from FA Cup exit
Manchester United were ousted from the FA Cup by Middlesbrough in their last outing under Ralf Rangnick. The Red Devils played out a 1-1 draw before failing in the dreaded penalty shoot-out at Old Trafford. Boro won the kick race 8-7, as Anthony Elanga inflated his sudden death penalty.
The FA Cup defeat will be painful for Manchester United as it was realistically their best hope of lifting a trophy this season. With all domestic competitions now over and the Premier League a distant dream, United will need to win the UEFA Champions League to earn silverware this season.
Their quest for the Premier League by the end of the season is more about achieving a top four finish. United’s next assignment is against Burnley on Tuesday night.
Their encounter against the Clarets tonight will mark Burnley’s 5000th league game in England. In doing so, they will become the second English club to achieve this feat.
Preston North End is the other name on the list. They reached this record in July 2020.
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As for United, they cling to the bottom Champions League spot by a slim margin. Rangnick’s men can’t afford any more slip-ups if they want to play in Europe’s premier competition again next season.