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Ralf Rangnick has compared Manchester United target with 354-goal legend

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Manchester United have been heavily linked with Wout Weghorst and the striker was praised by Ralf Rangnick last season.

Rangnick was United’s interim manager when Weghorst joined Burnley last January and was asked about him before we played the Clarets at Turf Moor in February.

The now Austria manager was well aware of Weghorst from his time playing up front for Wolfsburg, from whom he joined Burnley.

Rangnick praised Weghorst and the Netherlands striker went on to set up Burnley’s goal in the game, which ended up 1-1.

Rangnick Weghorst

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As per the club website, Rangnick said: “He looks with his size, a little bit like Ian Rush, for example, but he’s a very technical player.

“Due to his size, he is also physically present but he’s not that much of a physical target striker. He is more of a technical player.

“Also, he had good times at Wolfsburg when Oliver Glasner was head coach, he did extremely well and scored quite a few goals.

“I thought he was a good signing and one of the best possible signings to replace [Chris] Wood.”

Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Wout Weghorst as new striker — exploring the conditions of the deal as @footmercato reported. 🔴 #MUFC

€10m buy option is included in the deal so it’s up to Besiktas and Burnley. The player already gave his green light. pic.twitter.com/seVbedNtZP

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 7, 2023

Rush netted 354 goals across his career, but if Weghorst could net a fraction of that figure for United between now and the end of the season, that would do nicely.

He is not a signing that would get pulses racing and there will be question marks about his suitability in some quarters given he did not get the world alight at Burnley.

But as soon as it was clear United would not spend big this month on a striker and prioritise a loan deal, most of the realistic options would come with lingering doubts.

Rangnick’s successor Erik ten Hag has earned the trust of the fans with his first transfer window in charge and if Weghorst is the man he wants, the supporters will get behind him.

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