Manchester United’s acquisition of Rasmus Hojlund, described as a ‘hell of a player,’ holds great potential. However, Erik ten Hag’s wingers need to step up and provide better service to the £64 million Premier League newcomer.
Rasmus Hojlund may not have opened his Premier League goal account yet, but that doesn’t reflect his abilities as much as it does the form of his teammates. The recent summer signing from Atalanta has demonstrated his prowess in the Champions League, especially when he clinically scored against Galatasaray. The issue, however, lies in the Premier League context.
Rasmus Hojlund is yet to score a Premier League goal
The inconsistent performances of Antony on the right, Marcus Rashford on the left, and Jadon Sancho’s unavailability have left Hojlund without a reliable supply of opportunities.
Although Hojlund offers more to his game than just goals, his hold-up play and work ethic stood out in a recent game against his former club Copenhagen. Nevertheless, the responsibility falls on Ten Hag to unlock his untapped goal-scoring potential.
Danny Murphy, the former Liverpool and England midfielder, shared his thoughts on Hojlund, stating, “I like him. I think he is going to be a hell of a player.” Murphy emphasized the importance of building relationships and the need for more balls to be delivered into the box to unleash Hojlund’s potential, particularly when facing the predictability of Antony on the wing.
With the upcoming Manchester derby on the horizon, this could be an ideal opportunity for Hojlund to break his Premier League goal drought. However, as Manchester City is considered favorites to win at Old Trafford, Ten Hag’s team is grappling with challenges on both ends of the pitch.
Murphy further expressed concerns about the ease with which teams can create scoring opportunities against Manchester United due to factors such as physicality, tactical strategy, and the team’s willingness to work. Despite their outstanding talent, it is emphasized that winning this game is an infrequent occurrence for them.