Why Old Trafford makes Wout smile
Wout Weghorst can’t stop smiling at the thought of the Old Trafford atmosphere when Barcelona come to town later this week.
The Netherlands international has already been taken aback by the support offered by the Theatre of Dreams faithful since joining on loan last month.
But the expectation is that things will ramp up even further for the visit of the Catalans, with Erik ten Hag having issued a rallying cry following the 3-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday.
“I always start smiling when you talk about things like this,” Wout replied to club media when we told him to expect a cauldron of noise on Thursday.
“I always start smiling when I come out of the tunnel and see the stadium and the pitch.
“The atmosphere already is wonderful, it’s amazing and if you tell me it will be even more special on a European night, I’m already looking forward to it.”
Although United arguably had the better of a thrilling first leg at the Nou Camp, which was drawn 2-2, Barcelona are one of the form teams in Europe and haven’t lost a game since late October.
Weghorst is aware of how much of a statement United could make by eliminating the Catalans from the competition at this early stage, as we look to maintain our own momentum.
The Reds sit third in the Premier League table, with Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Newcastle United at Wembley offering the first chance of silverware under Ten Hag.
“It would be a big one of course,” he added.
“We’re in a good stride with the momentum and we’re still active in all four competitions. That’s definitely something we need to keep up.
“The final is coming closely after, but first it’s the European clash and we want to win four trophies.
“There’s only one thing that’s counting [right now] and that’s the big one [against Barcelona].”