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Michael Owen brilliantly sums up Rasmus Højlund’s first Premier League goal



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Rasmus Højlund finally scored his first Premier League goal as Manchester United came from 2-0 down to defeat Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

After not scoring in their last four games prior to the fixture, Manchester United found themselves 2-0 down in the opening half an hour in the fixture, with Erik ten Hag‘s Reds being completely outplayed by a fantastic Aston Villa side.

However, after Villa’s second of the evening, United completely flipped a switch and looked a much more determined side, scoring three second-half goals to overcome the deficit and grab all three points.

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A lot has been made of Rasmus Højlund’s lack of goals in the Premier League since his £72 million signing from Atalanta in the summer, with the player failing to score in 14 appearances in the competition – but 15th time lucky, he was in the right place to score the winning goal against Aston Villa.

Michael Owen, speaking to Premier League Productions after the game, brilliantly highlighted just how much pressure his goal elevates and what it could mean for the future.

“It’s one of the biggest shirts in world football, and he’s wearing that shirt, and of course, it is not going well for the team, for him,” he said.

“Lots of people finger-pointing, lots of people saying the attack isn’t good enough, the midfield isn’t good enough, pointing fingers that he’s not scoring goals. It must be a terrible burden to have, to carry round with you when things aren’t going well, so hopefully, that kickstarts his career now.

“It was a lovely finish, not an easy finish at all. On your left foot, bouncing at an awkward height. When you break it down, he had a tiny little slither to aim for, just inside the post – other players simply would not have scored.

“It was a lovely finish, and I’m really pleased for him, I think everybody, whether you support Manchester United or not, it’s nice to see someone who has been under so much pressure have a smile on their face.”