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Manchester United midfielder’s Rasmus Hojlund prediction has come true



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Rasmus Hojlund’s transfer to Manchester United is imminent after the club agreed a fee with Atalanta for the striker on Saturday.

Hojlund, 20, will join Old Trafford for a reported £64 million, plus an additional £8 million in add-ons.

Erik ten Hag has been desperate to add a centre forward to his squad. He has been forced to use Jadon Sancho as a false-nine during pre-season so far as Anthony Martial is yet to return to the pitch after another injury.

One United player that is familiar with Hojlund is the only Danish player in the squad: Christian Eriksen.

The 30-year-old midfielder captains his country, however, was unavailable due to injury when the 20-year-old scored a hat trick on his full debut against Finland.

Eriksen did play alongside Hojlund in Denmark’s European Championship qualifiers in June. The marksman scored in their 1-1 draw against Slovenia.

Back in March, the United midfielder was asked about his talented national teammate and whether he could join The Reds.

And whilst he admitted that he did not speak to the manager about the possibility of bringing Hojlund into the club, Eriksen explained that it was a move he could imagine.

“I can see him at Manchester United, but I haven’t recommended him to Erik ten Hag,” explained Eriksen. “He is a fantastic guy and a good player and has really developed brilliantly at Atalanta. What the club ends up doing, I will not be able to answer.”

It is likely that Ten Hag has since sought the no.14’s advice on the signing. The United boss has previously explained the importance of bringing in players with great personalities alongside ability.

Hojlund will become the third signing of the summer for United, who have already brought in Mason Mount and Andre Onana.

The English midfielder will be in direct competition with Eriksen for a place in Ten Hag’s starting XI. Whilst Onana provides a replacement for David de Gea, who departed at the start of the month.

Hojlund, meanwhile, will instead become the No.9 that the club have been missing. Martial is currently the only senior striker at Old Trafford but is not trusted to start games consistently.