Paul Scholes believes that the return of Christian Eriksen will help Rasmus Højlund after the striker scored his first goal for Manchester United against Aston Villa.
Tuesday night saw Manchester United fans battle through the whole emotional range of a football fan as their side climbed from a 2-0 deficit in the first half to defeat Aston Villa 3-2 at Old Trafford.
Two second-half goals from Alejandro Garnacho and a winner from Rasmus Højlund sealed all three points for Erik ten Hag‘s men on the evening, with the fixture ending 2023 at Old Trafford.
A lot has been made of Højlund’s winning goal, with it being the first Premier League goal of his career on his 15 appearance in the competition, with former United midfielder Paul Scholes predicting that his finish will be a moment that can inject belief for Højlund.
“That’s exactly what it should do (inject belief). It should take the handbrake off for him and should give him that bit of confidence that we expected from him,” he told Premier League Productions. “You know, we expect goals from him.
“He’s not got a great goalscoring record in the past (few months), but in the last few weeks, he’s not really had chances, so you can’t say he’s a bad finisher, I think, Champions League-wise. “
Speaking further, Scholes has predicted that Christian Eriksen, return to the team from injury will help Højlund score more goals from now onwards.
“We know he can finish. If you watch the Champions League game, you watch his goals, some really composed finishes, and that goal again tonight. I think Christian Eriksen will help him be in the team, I’ve said that before the game, and I think he makes a big difference.
“I don’t think he’s especially brilliant tonight, but he’s the one player when they get the ball, him and Fernandes as well, they can get on their bike. They know that this ball, if they make the right run, it will come. Now, Eriksen has been out for a long time. He makes a big difference to this team.
“I think Varane coming back into the team is good as well, possibly with another defender. You’ve got the quality of Casemiro. I think in three or four weeks, this team will be a different team. I still don’t think it’s a team where you’re going to say they’re going to challenge for the title. I don’t think we’re there yet.
“It’s a team to challenge for the top three or four and a team to possibly win a cup competition. But I think with all these players coming back, if we can keep Eriksen fit, I think creativity-wise, it gives these his forwards the real chance of scoring goals.”
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