Wout Weghorst started for the 13th successive Man United game and produced arguably his best performance against West Ham.
Erik ten Hag lauded Wout Weghorst as “one of the best players on the pitch” in Manchester United’s comeback win over West Ham United.
United recovered from a goal down to prevail 3-1 with three goals in the last 13 minutes of their FA Cup fifth round tie and set up a home quarter-final with Fulham on March 19.
Weghorst had a hand in Nayef Aguerd’s own goal, his volley deflected into the path of Alejandro Garnacho to curl in the 90th-minute winner and the Dutchman forced an error from Aguerd to allow Fred to secure victory.
“I think he was one of the best players on the pitch,” Ten Hag said. “I think he was involved to see the corner, maybe he was in front when he came up together with Harry (Maguire) to force the own goal from the opponent.
“I think the goal from Garnacho he was pressing in switch of play and definitely in the third goal he gave a good press and forced the opponent to make a mistake where Fred scored.
“He understands positioning in and out of possession and he is doing a really good job for the team.”
Weghorst has started in all 13 United games he has been available for however his only goal for the club came in the League Cup semi-final first leg win at Nottingham Forest on January 25.
Ten Hag is adamant Weghorst will start contributing to United’s goals for column. “It will come. I have the experience with so many players. I refer to (Marcus) Rashford at the start of the season, he also did not score in every game.
“But I know in my experience it will come. Once he has settled down, he has had a lot of games with us but not such a long period, when he is longer here, the routines will be there and when the first goal more will come.”