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Paul Scholes likens Rasmus Hojlund to 260 goal Premier League forward

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Paul Scholes has likened Manchester United man Rasmus Hojlund to a former Premier League icon after the Red Devils’ 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen.

Erik ten Hag decided that Rasmus Hojlund,20, was the man who would lead the line for the new-look Manchester United.

Hojlund, who was named by Copenhagen boss Jacob Neestrup as United’s biggest threat, has netted three times for the Red Devils, with all of his goals coming in the Champions League and the Dane looks at home at Old Trafford.

However, the youngster is going through a bit of a goal drought in the league but ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes has compared the Dane to Alan Shearer in the post-match reaction on TNT Sports.

Manchester United v F.C. Copenhagen: Group A - UEFA Champions League 2023/24

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Speaking after the game, Scholes was full of praise for the former Atalanta forward and made a rather surprising statement.

“It takes a lot to fill that shirt, but he’s a very young player,” Scholes said. “He’s not got a great goalscoring record as of yet, but he’s getting into great positions.

“He needs to find out what kind of centre-forward he is: is he more of a Rudd Van Nistelrooy or an Alan Shearer-type player? For me, he’s more of a Shearer, where he’s going to want balls crossed into him.


“The only problem with that is United don’t really have wide players that cross the ball – [Marcus] Rashford doesn’t, Antony tries to cut inside and shoot every single time, but [Sergio] Reguilon can cross a ball. Luke Shaw is to come back as well.”

Mount’s chance

As Scholes mentions, United seem to struggle to create chances through their wingers who love to cut inside and shoot rather than set up their striker like Manchester City.

The case may well be made then that Mason Mount, who has been shunned in United’s last few games, could start out wide for the Red Devils.

United need creativity from wide areas and Mount, who excelled out wide for Chelsea, could be the man Ten Hag needs to get the best out of Hojlund.

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