Weghorst: You could see how much it meant to me

Saturday 11 March 2023 14:30

When Wout Weghorst found the back of the net in our recent 4-1 triumph over Real Betis, there was a real feeling that the the whole of Old Trafford was just as ecstatic as him.

The Dutch striker has been a mainstay of the United side since his loan arrival from Burnley in January, but has had to wait patiently to open his account at the Theatre of Dreams.

Weghorst had previously scored for the Reds, in our Carabao Cup semi-final second leg away to Nottingham Forest, but our no.27 had made no secret of his desire to strike in front of our home supporters.

Against Real Betis he did just that, reacting quickly in the box to turn home after Scott McTominay's shot had been saved by Claudio Bravo to give United a 4-1 lead on the night - and in our Europa League round-of-16 tie.

Weghorst gets his goal Video

Weghorst gets his goal

Wout Weghorst scores his long-awaited first goal at Old Trafford to seal United's 4-1 win over Real Betis...

As we look ahead to Sunday's Premier League clash with Southampton, which will also be played at Old Trafford, Wout reflected on opening his account at the home of the Reds.

"Yeah, I think you could [see] it," he said in an interview with club media, when asked about how it felt to get on the scoresheet at the Theatre of Dreams.

"But yeah, [it was a] great feeling and of course, I had to wait a long time for it - too long.

"[I'm] really happy and at the end I got my goal, so that was a great feeling with the stadium in front of the Stretford End, it was special."

Having been beaten heavily by Liverpool last Sunday, Wout feels that he and his team-mates owed it to the fans to bounce back, believing that the resounding win over Betis was the first step on the way to redemption.

"Yeah [we had to bounce back with a win]," he said. "[It was] the only thing [in our minds], actually.

"That was what we wanted - to give a reaction after the defeat that was of course is not acceptable. It [was] not our level, not our standards and definitely something we should avoid and have to avoid for the future.

"So yeah, we were really [happy] to get a reaction and to show us and I think that's what we did [against Betis]."

Next up for the Reds are a Southampton side looking to record back-to-back victories in the league for the first time this season. Kick-off at Old Trafford is set for 14:00 GMT on Sunday.

Erik ten Hag said in his pre-match press conference that his side must "give the best performance" to defeat the Saints, and there's no doubt that Wout will be looking to add to his tally in M16.