Every word from Wout Weghorst first Man Utd interview

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You are now the 19th player from the Netherlands to represent this club, and United have a rich history of legendary Dutch players, from Robin van Persie, to Ruud van Nistlerooy and Jaap Stam. Have you followed their journeys, and their time at United?
“Yeah, of course, them, for me as a striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie, yeah, of course [I followed them]. [When] I was a younger kid you see these games, these matches, these goals with the combination with the fans in the stadium. Yeah, of course, they are things that I definitely remember and definitely memories in my head, yes.”

Were you always a striker growing up? Did you play any other positions? And what happened to make you fall in love with this position?
“Yes. I have been always a striker.”

And who would you say is the biggest influence in your career so far? 
“That’s a good question. I never really had an idol. Of course I always looked up to strikers and followed them and tried to pick up things. I think I am as a person open to learning things. Critical also, to try to take it and try to develop me as a football player, and also as a human being. And the influence at the end of, course, [is] your parents [as they] are also there to bring you up from a young kid to an adult and now, especially when you become a parent on your own. They had a big impact on me, then over the last five years, that’s definitely changed me as a human being. If I have to say one, I will say them.”

You will wear the no.27. Why choose that number?
“Yeah, good. Of course, I looked into the ones that are free or available. Two and seven will make nine, of course – a striker’s number. I had a feeling with it and of course when I came here I heard it was Alex [Telles]’s number, he got loaned out now. So yeah, I first had to ask him if that was ok, so I said to them [United] that was for me important and then in the end there was no problem so thanks to him also. So yeah, I go for the 27 and actually it’s just because I had a good feeling with it.”

Off the pitch, how would you describe yourself? Your character?
“Yeah, off the pitch, around the pitch I will say there is no difference. I am also somebody who what you see is what you get. I think I’m really pure, also quite emotional, and, yeah, a quiet one. I like to be home also, spend time with my family, with the kids of course. Actually, it’s something that’s always been my main thought, is the other things you want to achieve in your life you want to achieve. I always worked really hard for it and I always try to give 100 per cent in everything I did. Whether that is in football related or at home as a dad. I just try to be the best version of me and the best person I can be, to be honest.”

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