Wesley Sneijder has mocked Man Utd over their “very strange” pursuit of Wout Weghorst with the Dutch legend claiming “it must be a stunt”.
The Red Devils are desperate to sign a new striker in the January transfer window after agreeing to terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract at the end of November.
Ronaldo caused controversy when he criticised the club, manager, senior executives, former players and more in a 90-minute interview with Piers Morgan.
And that has left Man Utd with just Marcus Rashford and injury-prone Anthony Martial as their two recognisable strikers.
Erik ten Hag has managed to get Man Utd into the top four of the Premier League table and he is reportedly hoping Burnley striker Weghorst – who is currently on loan at Besiktas – can help them to success this season.
However, it isn’t a simple transfer with Besiktas demanding to be handsomely compensated if they terminate his loan at the club, while the Turkish side are insistent that they want to sign a replacement before allowing Weghorst to leave.
But Dutch legend Sneijder doubts Weghorst will make a big impact in England and finds the potential transfer “very strange”.
Speaking about Weghorst’s potential move to Old Trafford, Sneijder said on Veronica Offside: “Surely not! I would find that very strange.”
“Maybe they’ve seen the trick with the free-kick [in the World Cup quarter-final against Argentina] but I don’t think they fall for that in England anymore!
“In terms of a striker, is he really someone United are waiting for? I don’t think so.”
Asked whether Man Utd might be signing him because Weghorst gives them something different, Sneijder added: “They still have about 300 of those in the Premier League. It must be a stunt. This really can’t be true.”
Former Nottingham Forest and Netherlands striker Pierre van Hooijdonk is also baffled as to why Man Utd are pursuing the Burnley man.
“I think it’s quite a dangerous move by Ten Hag,” Van Hooijdonk told Studio Voetbal.
“A Dutchman, who already played in England with Burnley and didn’t exactly play like a rockstar there. That does leave a mark. I don’t see him as a battering ram for United, or a focal point in the air.
“They are not going to suddenly start playing everything diagonally through the air for Wout, I don’t believe that.”
Former PSV Eindhoven attacking midfielder Ibrahim Afellay agreed: “He’s a player you bring on if you really need to force something, but I think Manchester United should be able to do more than just play high balls in the last 15 minutes of matches.”
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