Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund made a strong impression with his substitute appearance against Arsenal.
Denmark international Rasmus Hojlund impressed supporters on his debut for the club at the weekend.
He produced a direct, energetic display, which really stood out because of the less industrious performance from Anthony Martial during the first 65 minutes.
Hojlund had been delayed from making his debut due to a back injury – even if he has admitted he could not even feel there was a problem.
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Danny Webber on Manchester United strikers
The contrasting displays of Manchester United’s strikers was discussed on MUTV’s The Debate.
Former United trainee Danny Webber was impressed with Hojlund, and believes he helped the team a lot more than Martial.
He explained: “I think important to note that when you are not playing with a centre-forward that’s full of energy, full of fight, looks like he’s a threat constantly, and Anthony Martial looks like with his injury sometimes he’s playing within himself. When you are playing with a centre-foward like Hojlund when he came on, it makes a huge difference .
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“You saw the dynamic change the moment Hojlund came on, we could then break the press and cause them problems. That was really poignant and a real positive to take from the game.”
Martial was underwhelming, but to be fair, so was Marcus Rashford at centre-forward in the opening two matches.
Gary Neville even pointed out that Hojlund’s running and pressing were traits Cristiano Ronaldo even lacked upon his return to the club.
Lou Macari wants Hojlund to start
Former United ace Lou Macari is desperate to see United start the next Premier League game at home to Brighton, after the international break.
He told The Debate: “He might not be fully fit but he has got to start the next game. Absolutely start the next game.
“I’m hoping Brighton come here and the form they have shown disappears. They have been the surprise package. We have got to win the next game.”