Manchester United striker Wout Weghorst opened his account for the club by finishing off El Hunter in the closing stages of the first half of the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.
Fighurst, who signed on loan from Burnley as extra cover up front in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure in November, has been filling in for the injured Anthony Martial in recent weeks.
But while his performance has shown public promise so far – his movement was directly responsible for giving Bruno Fernandes space to score against Crystal Palace – the towering Dutchman hadn’t scored himself before kick-off at the City Ground.
Marcus Rashford had given United an early lead, but with Forest entering midway through the first half, Weghorst’s predatory strike came at the crucial time.
Rashford had played in Anthony, for whom the ball sat with a call to attack. The Brazilian’s shot was poorly saved by Forest goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who replaced an ineligible Dean Henderson on loan from United, and bounced straight into Wighurst Road.
The end was not easy. The former Wolfsburg striker needed to be quick to get there first and he didn’t have time to reset his body to make it into a traditional final. Instead, he stabbed his right foot on the outside in the direction of the ball and managed to deflect it towards the goal.
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