The 20-year-old Dane joined United from Serie A side Atalanta in July for a sum of £72 million (£64 million plus £8 million in add-ons).
However, he had a back injury during pre-season training with Atalanta and has thus been unable to make his United debut thus far.
Erik ten Hag’s side struggled in attack in the first two games, winning 1-0 against Wolves due to a goal from defender Raphael Varane before falling 2-0 to Tottenham.
Marcus Rashford, last season’s 30-goal top scorer, has appeared isolated in a central attacking role that is not his best position, while captain Bruno Fernandes has not been clinical with the chances generated.
As a result, United are waiting for Hojlund’s comeback, which is likely on Saturday.
The club hopes he’ll be fit enough to come off the bench against Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford at 3pm.
Hojlund only scored nine goals in 32 league games in his first season in Italy after joining from Austrian side Sturm Graz, but Ten Hag describes him as a “unique striker.”
Burnley defeated United 3-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly, with first-team talents Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay, and Facundo Pellistri all starting.
However, it is believed that Hojlund was not involved.
Erik ten Hag is making a habit of exploiting the current Premier League break to get match minutes into his players after United used a similar outing last week against Everton.
Clarets goals came from Jacob Bruun Larsen, Jay Rodriguez, and Zeki Amdouni as Vincent Kompany’s players got some much-needed minutes before facing Aston Villa on Sunday.
Some of United’s first-team players who were either injured or didn’t get as many minutes as they would have liked have been at the center of attention during friendly matches.