Rasmus Hojlund is eager to start life at Manchester United on the pitch and states he will ‘bleed’ for the shirt on the pitch.
Erik ten Hag and his squad will be equally excited to see what their new man can offer the team. United have been working without a centre-forward during pre-season as Anthony Martial’s return from injury is being treated carefully.
It will not only mean that the load will be lightened in terms of goals for Rashford, who United were reliant on last term, but also it will allow the 25-year-old to play more from the left flank.
Due to the lack of options, Ten Hag was often forced to use Rashford centrally last season and while his goalscoring record was impressive, he always looked more threatening during games when playing from the wing.
The pair will also be able to link up together, which is something that former United defender Mikaël Silvestre will benefit the new striker. “They will find a way to feed him, also with the wingers, and I think he will link up quite well with Marcus Rashford, who will serve him quite well,” he said.
“But he can also do some damage on his own. He is very fast, and he can beat players one on one.”
“It’s just a matter of time for him. We have to be patient with him. The good thing is that he can speak English and not be afraid of the Manchester weather when he is from Denmark.”
Not only will the pair be able to link up in attempts to unlock a deep block, but they are also both ideal partners in a transitional sense. Hojlund’s top speed at Atalanta last term beat any United player from the same season, including Rashford.
With healthy competition expected, Hojlund is excited to work alongside the academy graduate at the front of United’s team.
“I’m ready. Hopefully we can link up instead of competing. But when you compete on the training pitch, you’re also going to be better on the pitch,” he told club media.
“Of course, I’m 20-years-old so I’ve still got a lot to learn. But I hope I can become a world class striker as soon as possible. I’m very excited. I want to bleed for this jersey and win trophies.”
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