Wout Weghorst got off the mark to score his first Manchester United goal since signing for the club on loan earlier this month.

Weghorst scored Manchester United’s second as the Red Devils beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at the City Ground.

With the second leg set to take place at Old Trafford, Manchester United are looking good to make it to Wembley.

Marcus Rashford scored United’s opener, with Weghorst scoring the second and Bruno Fernandes with the third.

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Weghorst praised

Notoriously hard to impress pundit and former star Roy Keane gave his seal of approval to the Dutch striker.

Keane told Sky Sports: “Great finish. Look at his reactions, people have been critical, that’s what he’s come to the club for [to score]. He showed great reactions.”

Weghorst was quickest to the rebound when Antony’s shot was spilled by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Gary Neville also praised him, telling Sky: “He’s doing a job. That’s what he was brought in to do.

“He fills in that position nicely to allow the more talented wide players United have, to stay wide.”

With Anthony Martial out injured, United need Weghorst, and he has now started the last three games in a row.

The Dutch forward was named as man of the match by MUTV pundit Dion Dublin, who added: “He did everything well. He was secure with the ball, and he did it all night.”

Weghorst’s goal will give him a lift and help him feel like he belongs. The striker has signed on loan until the rest of the season from Burnley, breaking off a previous loan arrangement with Turkish side Besiktas.

  • WOUT WEGHORST: Factfile
  • Weghorst scored 70 goals for Wolfsburg, becoming the first Dutch player since Van Persie to score 20 league goals in a top European league.
  • Only Robert Lewandowski scored more Bundesliga goals than Weghorst between 2018 and 2021.
  • The Netherlands international forward scored 8 goals in 16 games for Besiktas and provided four assists.
  • Weghorst is 6ft 6″ and scored two goals in the World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.
  • He has scored more club career goals than any current Manchester United player.
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