Wout Weghorst’s signing and Jadon Sancho’s return to training with Manchester United’s first team have improved Erik ten Hag’s options going forward.
Sancho, who last played for United in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea in October, started training with his teammates ahead of his side’s trip to south London to face Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile, Ten Hag, who was keen to add a new forward in the January transfer window, handed Weghorst his debut against Palace. The Dutch striker played an important role in United’s opening goal and showed he has the potential to be a reliable outlet in the final third for the remainder of the season.
While Casemiro’s suspension has once again highlighted how light United’s midfield is, Ten Hag is now certainly blessed with a number of quality attacking options to challenge for a place in the top four.
Ten Hag on Weghorst debut: "Less training, no games, a couple of days here but he did quite well in all elements." #MUFC
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However, this also means that United have to make some tough decisions in order to manage playing time and the development of their squad players. Facundo Pellistri, Anthony Elanga, and Shola Shoretire have all spent more time on the bench than on the pitch for the senior side this season. Now, one of the young forwards has departed the club on a temporary basis.
United have agreed to a deal with Bolton Wanderers that will allow Shoretire to move to the League One side on loan for the remainder of the season.
The 19-year-old, who made his senior debut against Newcastle United in 2021, was named on the bench against Aston Villa in the Premier League in November. Ten Hag also included him in the squad to face the same side in the League Cup.