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Rasmus Højlund is replicating old Atalanta partnership he once raved about



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Rasmus Højlund has picked up fantastic form at Manchester United in the last six weeks, taking his goal tally to ten for the season.

Most recently scoring against West Ham, Rasmus Højlund has made it five goals in his last six appearances, scoring in his last four Premier League appearances for Manchester United.

He is now the club’s clear top scorer with ten goals so far under Erik ten Hag and is starting to show the world why United decided to spend £72 million for him in the 2023 summer transfer window.

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Prior to signing for United, he had spent a season at Atalanta, where he played 34 times and also scored ten goals, providing four assists in that time.

Speaking back in March last year, Højlund explained that he and English winger Ademola Lookman had developed a good partnership – one that he is seeming to replicate with a new player at United.

“Me and Ademola Lookman compensate each other good – he is good at dribbling and I am more the ‘hold up nine’ you can say,” he once said when he was still at Atalanta.

“I think that is a reason why we play good (together) – we have a good understanding of each other.”

And now, ten months later, a similar partnership is starting to evolve between himself and academy graduate Alejandro Garnacho.

Although some have questioned whether the two can play together, the last month has become irrefutable proof that the partnership can work, with Højlund as the striker and Garnacho replicating a similar dribbling role to the one Lookman occupied alongside Højlund previously.

“A month ago, there was a lot of talk about us not scoring enough goals, but we are both young and growing every day,” Højlund told Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon. “You can see the connection between us.”

Both players scored during United’s 3-0 win over West Ham on Sunday and are establishing themselves as two parts of a dangerous front three alongside Marcus Rashford.