Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has claimed that it is ‘sh*t’ for Rasmus Højlund to play alongside two teammates at Old Trafford.
His lack of experience at the top level has shown throughout his career at Old Trafford thus far, with a lack of goalscoring in the Premier League, but this has been matched with extremely difficult circumstances.
The young forward has often been starved of service at the front of United’s attack, with Erik ten Hag’s team rarely having control in games.
Even when they have looked dominant on the ball, United’s wingers have often been unable to adapt to playing with a ‘proper’ number nine.
Paul Parker, who played at United for five years, believes it is ‘sh*t’ for the Danish striker to play in the team and labelled Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho as major reasons for that, because the wingers do not find him enough when wide.
“Honestly, it must be shit to be Rasmus Højlund and play with those teammates. No strikers want to play alongside Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho,” he told Tipsbladet.
“I’ve seen that Roy Keane has said that Højlund hasn’t shown enough desire to score goals, but it must also be difficult when you never get the ball. However, I can see where Keane is coming from because Højlund sometimes doesn’t make the runs into the box, which is a weakness. He needs to improve on that.
“On the other hand, all Manchester United fans understand him. Why should he exert energy on it when he won’t get the ball anyway? I’ve said it before, but he needs to be more selfish. He should demand to get the ball every time.”
Of course, Højlund has had these problems, but the striker himself believes that he’s building a positive relationship with Rashford in the frontline.
He linked up with the United no.10 well during the 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.
“I think, with every team-mate, you try to get the understanding of how their game is,” Hojlund told club media. “You start to understand each other, and you’re going to be even better on the pitch.
“And, at some point, then you’re going to be unstoppable together. So, for us, I think every one of us has a desire to learn and understand each other’s game.”
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