Erik ten Hag explains why he keeps playing Wout Weghorst despite his goalscoring struggles

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has explained why he has continued playing Wout Weghorst despite goalscoring struggles.

“He’s physically capable of playing a lot of games, he’s a very fit player, he recovers very good,” Ten Hag told a press conference.

“I expect that he’d play a lot but obviously we have an injury to Anthony Martial so that’s the main reason he’s playing every game from start to almost finish.”

Weghorst was signed in January as a temporary solution in attack after Cristiano Ronaldo’s sudden departure, but the 30-year-old has ended up starting 15 consecutive matches.

His close-range finish against Betis was only his second goal for United and came after missing a couple of clear opportunities earlier in the game.