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“There’s nothing worse…” – Rasmus Højlund’s ‘timing’ issue explained by Premier League icon



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Rasmus Højlund has now scored twice in the Premier League following his goal against Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend.

Despite this, the Manchester United forward is still receiving minimal service from his teammates. André Onana played the second-most passes to him during that game against Spurs.

However, there have been arguments within the fanbase that Højlund’s movement is not always good enough and that the timing of his runs has impacted his ability to receive the ball in dangerous areas.

We have seen many times where Højlund seems just a couple of inches away from a decent cross into the box. However, Premier League icon Darren Bent believes this is an issue created by the uncertainty in United’s attacking play.

The ex-striker scored 106 goals in the Premier League and described Højlund’s situation as the worst possible for a centre-forward.

“He’s getting no service, even his goal was a little ricochet – touch and smashes it,” he told Premier League Productions. “There’s nothing worse – or more frustrating – when you’re a front man, and you’re not getting the service.

Rashford gets the ball wide, is he going to cross it, is he not? Garnacho gets the ball on the other side, is he going to beat his player or cross it?

“You don’t know [what to expect], you can never get the timing.”

Despite this, the 20-year-old centre-forward believes that he is, in fact, building a positive relationship with Marcus Rashford going forward.

Højlund assisted Rashford’s goal against Spurs, and the England international has set up the Dane on several occasions. If anyone seems to be building a relationship with the new striker, it does seem to be Rashford.

“Sure, it’s not something you get from one day to the other,” Højlund admitted when speaking to club media. “But, again, I think we are getting there. I think me and Marcus, especially, try to find each other now.

“I think, with every team-mate, you try to get the understanding of how their game is. You start to understand each other, and you’re going to be even better on the pitch.