Ten Hag calls for patience with striker Rasmus Hojlund

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  • Post published:May 15, 2024

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has called for patience with striker Rasmus Hojlund following his mixed run of form this season.

In 40 games since leaving Atalanta for £64 million ($80 million) in August, the Dane has scored 14 goals.

His lone goal in the previous ten games, meanwhile, came last month against Sheffield United, who were demoted.

“He has had three injuries this season but still, as you say, scored 14 goals in this season. I think that is a very good record for a young player,” Ten Hag said on Tuesday.

“When we decided to go for him, we talked about earlier that we buy a player for this season but also for the future.

“He has to develop. He has to progress. He needs time.”

Despite the 21-year-old’s five Champions League goals, United was eliminated from the group stage humiliatingly.

Hojlund scored seven goals in six Premier League games either side of the new year, having to wait until December for his first league goal.

However, a muscular issue forced him to miss time, and he has since had trouble getting back into shape.

“Sometimes you have downs but I am sure he will fight his way and he is very eager for every match,” Ten Hag added.

“I am quite confident he is close (to return to form).”

Hojlund’s difficulties haven’t had much of an impact on United’s awful season.

The Red Devils might end up with their lowest-ever Premier League finish and losing out on European qualification.

When Newcastle, who are in sixth place, comes to Old Trafford on Wednesday, Ten Hag’s team, who are in ninth place, desperately needs to win.

“It’s clear it’s a very important game. Look at the ranking,” said Ten Hag.

“We have to put everything in it to get the win and we have to fight hard for it.”

For the most part of the season, Ten Hag has had to manage a squad beset by injuries.

However, Lisandro Martinez’s expected comeback on Wednesday, along with the inclusion of captain Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, might mean even better news for the Dutchman.