Three ways Erik ten Hag could use Wout Weghorst at Manchester United – Daniel Murphy

The towering striker emerged as a solution to Erik ten Hag&aposs attacking problem last week and negotiations are now underway to terminate his loan from Burnley to Besiktas in order to complete a move to Old Trafford. MEN Sport understands Weghorst is confident of completing the move, however, Besiktas have rejected United&aposs initial proposal.

United are moving to improve their strike force after being left in the lurch by Cristiano Ronaldo&aposs sudden departure last year. It has left Ten Hag with only the perenially injured Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as striking options and Weghorst is seen as a short-term support option.

The 30-year-old has nine goals in 18 games in Turkey this season and impressed in the World Cup quarter-final against Argentina with his introduction having a seismic impact as he scored two late goals to take the thrilling tie to extra-time. Weghorst&aposs strength and aerial presence are seen as good attributes to add to an attack lacking in physicality.

Here are three ways Ten Hag could utilise the striker if the transfer is completed.

If all goes to plan, Weghorst won&apost be starting all that often for United. Though he does possess a lovely touch and can link up with teammates well, his lack of pace doesn&apost make him the ideal frontman for Ten Hag&aposs desired style of play.

Where he could come in very useful, though, is off the bench. As was seen against Argentina, it doesn&apost matter how good a defence is, things can go a little awry when a burly giant enters the fray. Weghorst struck panic and chaos into the heart of the Argentine backline but had the composure and skill required to net two excellent goals in a high-pressure scenario.

Other than Alejandro Garnacho, United lack players who can be gamechangers off the bench but Weghorst has shown he is capable of turning the tide of matches.

However, things rarely go to plan for United. They are enjoying a great run at present with nearly everything going their way but sooner or later the luck will almost certainly turn.

Anthony Martial has already suffered three separate injuries this season that has seen him miss most of the campaign and halted any budding momentum in front of goal. History tells us he will likely be back in the treatment room sooner or later and if that occurs Weghorst will be in the frame to start.

Unsurprisingly given his significant frame, the big Dutchman is more than capable of leading the line himself so should seamlessly fit into Ten Hag&aposs ideal 4-2-3-1 formation. It would be intriguing to see how he links up with the likes of Rashford and Bruno Fernandes as well.

Though his brief spell at Burnley wasn&apost the best, he did impress in his second game against United in which he registered a great assist. After receiving the ball he drew in Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay before leaving them to bump into each other with a quick burst of pace. He then played an incisive pass to Jay Rodriguez who went on to score.

Ten Hag has used big men to his advantage before despite his reputation for a more elegant style of football so he will know how to get the best out of Weghorst. His ability on the ball as well as his physical attributes could make the signing an unexpected success.

Though not his preferred formation, Ten Hag often turned to a back-three during his tenure at Ajax if the game called for it. The option may be more appealing at United with Weghorst.

The striker is also accustomed to playing in a partnership after being deployed in a 4-4-2 for Burnley and 3-5-2 with the Netherlands. Though his goal record at the Clarets wasn&apost the best with just 2 in 20 games, he did also contribute three assists. A goal contribution every five games for a team not known for attacking at the best of times and struggling at the bottom of the table isn&apost the worst record in the world, especially given his average is much better elsewhere.

If Ten Hag ever used a back three, it would be interesting to see if he can develop a classic &aposlittle and large&apos partnership with either Rashford or Martial.