Wout Weghorst a man on a mission as Manchester United signing gears up for Premier League return

In line: Weghorst could make his Manchester United debut in Crystal Palace  (Manchester United via Getty Images)
In line: Weghorst could make his Manchester United debut in Crystal Palace (Manchester United via Getty Images)

Wout Weghorst says he has unfinished business in the Premier League as the forward gears up for his Manchester United debut.

The Dutchman signed a short-term loan deal at Old Trafford after cutting short his temporary spell with Besiktas, who he had joined from Burnley in the summer.

United’s January move for Weghorst surprised the Netherlands striker as much as onlookers, with the 30-year-old saying it was "special moment" to find out about the interest from his agent.

The towering frontman had been on loan at Besiktas from Burnley, but a deal was struck last week that saw him instead switch from the Championship leaders to Ten Hag’s team for the remainder of the season.

"Yeah, really (looking forward to being back in the Premier League)," Weghorst, who joined the Clarets from Wolfsburg for £12million last January, told United club media.

"For me, it was not done, it was not finished. It didn’t work out the first time as I hoped and I’m really hungry to show myself, to help the team.

"Of course, we are on a really good track now.

"The last couple of weeks, months actually, it’s going really positive here and I just want to contribute and give my best and give my all for the club and I try to be a part of the successful (direction) we are going."

Weghorst watched Saturday’s impressive 2-1 comeback victory against rivals Manchester City from the stands and could make his United debut at Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Ten Hag’s side are looking for a 10th straight win in all competitions and the Dutch striker may well have an important role to play as the team continue to fight on all four fronts.

"I think it’s the right moment," Weghorst said of this loan move. "I’m 30 years old now.

"I also already have experience in the Premier League - that was not as successful as I hoped - and I am really waiting and looking forward to getting back here because, in my opinion, it is still the biggest competition in the world and now I’m going to play for one of the biggest clubs in England.

"For me, (to play for) the biggest club is, of course, amazing, and as I’ve always said as a football player, and also as a human being, the stage I am at now, the (experience) that I have, I am ready for it.

"This is the right moment to take on this great challenge, of course."

Ronaldo replacement: Weghorst was a shock signing after Ronaldo’s acrimonious departure in November (Manchester United via Getty Images)
Ronaldo replacement: Weghorst was a shock signing after Ronaldo’s acrimonious departure in November (Manchester United via Getty Images)

United paid £2.6m to loan Weghorst from Burnley, who themselves paid Besiktas 2.85m euros (£2.5m) for the early cancellation of their agreement.

The Red Devils are covering the striker’s wages but have no option or obligation to buy a player who believes he will suit Ten Hag’s pressing style.

"I think that’s something that’s one of my strengths," he said.

"Especially without the ball to put pressure on an opponent, to be active and also these pressures in the time at Burnley had that a lot also.

"That’s something I am capable of and that’s also something in the way the trainer wants to play.

"He wants to play aggressive, he wants to go high on the pitch, try to recover the ball there as quickly as possible and I think I can help the team with that."

Additional reporting from PA