Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has offered his thoughts on how Rasmus Højlund and Manchester United can escape their goalscoring nightmare.
This means Erik ten Hag‘s side now hold a -5 goal difference in the Premier League despite Højlund and co’s recent efforts.
With the team’s goalscoring woes in full focus for the world to see, former club striker Louis Saha has suggested Højlund model himself on legendary Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in a bid to improve his fortunes.
“Look at Karim Benzema, maybe not the quickest and strongest, but he’s very clever inside the box,” Saha told bettingodds.
“The type of runs he makes need to be studied in a way. If you’re like Mbappe, who is very quick, he will get the ball early because he has that early advantage, Højlund is not that quick he’s a big lad, so he needs the mentality where he looks for links between his midfielders and wingers.”
“When you look at players like [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Robin] Van Persie and [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy, they will go to their wingers and say if they do that, they’re not going to play, the striker should be the one scoring goals. It’s very hard to ask that of Højlund, but that’s what he needs to do otherwise, it will take him another year to adapt.”
One way that might help ensure that Højlund learns from Benzema is to bring the five-time Champions League winner to the club.
Benzema is reported to be unhappy at Saudi Arabia club Al-Ittihad, and a move to United is one Saha would be keen on for his fellow Frenchman.
“Of course, he [Benzema] will shake up the United frontline, and that’s what they need. He will definitely score goals, and he will link up the play a lot better. It’s just a dream, but Karim is still a very professional guy, he’s the type of striker that Højlund will learn from, but that’s just a fantasy.”
Unlike previous years, there is a lack of seniority in the club’s frontline. Wherein years gone by United would have the likes of Wayne Rooney or Ibrahimovic.
Currently, the only other striker at the club for Højlund to lean on and learn from is injury-prone 28-year-old Anthony Martial.
Benzema, who would be a short-term solution for the club’s woes, has scored 15 goals in 24 club appearances since joining Al-Ittihad at the start of this season.
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