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Man Utd striker Weghorst: I know I need more goals next to my name

Manchester United striker Wout Weghorst accepts he needs to be scoring more.

Although he has only managed two goals in 18 appearances since signing, Weghorst recently joked that he must be doing something right to be getting so much game time, and has spoken of how he came to play a deeper role in support of in-form striker Marcus Rashford.

"The manager told me at half-time in the away game at Fulham that he was considering the option of playing me as a 10, behind Rashford," he said.

"He told me just to take his plan into account because Ten Hag is a manager who places a lot of value on task-conscious play.

"The manager then told me I had to do my share of defensive work in the role. I am a team player, so I replied 'That's no problem at all, boss'."

Weghorst also reflected on his goal scoring stats not revealing the whole story of his time at United, as he added: "Sometimes I think I am doing really well - but then I remember I am still only on two goals.

"That's also how everyone looks at football. I try to teach my children to look at other aspects than just goals - and that works for me as well.

"I prefer to look at what is positive. When I scored my first goal at Nottingham Forest I said in an interview I can't wait for my first goal in a home game in front of our fans. That took another few games, but it was a big moment for me.

"You only experience how big United is when you are part of it. This is an absolute top club, with all the attention from the outside. You have to find a way to deal with it, but I manage to be myself even in this environment."

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