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When Rasmus Hojlund could make Manchester United debut after injury emerged



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Rasmus Hojlund officially signed for Manchester United on Saturday afternoon as he was unveiled to the Old Trafford crowd.

Hojlund made an appearance on the turf in the Theatre of Dreams around 15 minutes before kick-off against RC Lens in the club’s penultimate pre-season fixture.

The Reds came out as 3-1 victors after going down midway through the first-half in spectacular fashion.

Diogo Dalot was culpable of giving possession away softly just inside the opposition half. The recipient, Florian Sotoca, was able to take advantage of Andre Onana being in no man’s land with an expert lobbed effort which beat the new United goalie.

Second half goals from Marcus Rashford, Antony and Casemiro gave Erik ten Hag’s side the win in the end and they will be hoping to add Hojlund to the exciting attack soon.

However, it emerged shortly after his unveiling that Hojlund has a small injury problem that will keep him out for a short amount of time.

Specifically, Neil Custis reported that the 20-year-old will be unavailable for the opening two fixtures of the upcoming Premier League season.

That would see Hojlund miss out on playing against Wolves at Old Trafford and a tough fixture away at Tottenham Hotspur.

The boyhood United fan could be available for the third game of the campaign against Nottingham Forest, however.

Depending on how United’s front three perform in the opening games could influence whether Hojlund makes his debut from the bench or the starting XI.

Ten Hag has been extremely complimentary of his new no.9, who he says is laser focused on finding the net.

“He is really a front man, very direct to the goal,” the Dutchman told MUTV. “A very good presser, a physical presence and I think in the balance of this squad we needed that.

“Alongside Rashford, [he is] another player who is direct and can score goals and that is all in his mind – he wants to score goals.

“I think he has such a huge potential and now it is up first to him to explore that and we will support him – all the coaches.

“I’m sure the whole team was waiting for a type like him and they will integrate and in the dressing room or on the pitch they will help him.

“But as I said, finally the player – he has to prove it.”