Rasmus Hojlund is backed by Brentford boss Thomas Frank to do well at Manchester United
Brentford boss Thomas Frank backs his fellow countryman Rasmus Hojlund to do well at Manchester United despite potential price tag pressure.
United recently agreed a deal with Atalanta to sign the Denmark international for a total fee of around £72m (£64m plus £8m in add-ons).
Here’s what Frank said when asked about the potential of the striker joining the Red Devils (h/t Manchester Evening News):
“I think it’s fantastic for Rasmus. I don’t know him personally, I haven’t coached him myself but of course there’s a Danish connection.
“I know people who have coached him, he’s been with the national team and done well in the matches he played. I hope he will do very well at Manchester United, of course it’s a big price tag and a new league.”
Although the pressure of playing for United with such a big price tag will be there, Erik ten Hag needs to give Hojlund enough time to settle down before showing his best game.
We have to remember that the Denmark international is only 20 years old and has risen up the ranks remarkably well in the last few years.
But, this jump to playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world would take some catching. It is great that ten Hag is here to groom and develop him further to become a complete striker in the coming years.
Hojlund possesses the pace to trouble any back line in the league. He has a good shot in him and is physically strong in duels against the defenders. The latter is something that will come to practice a lot in the Premier League.
By signing him, United are potentially filling the hole in the number nine position for many years to come. Post the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last season, the reliance on Marcus Rashford for goals was a bit too much. Anthony Martial’s contributions were next to non-existent.
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The hope is that the Dane adapts to the playing system here and fires in the goals required for the team to do well consistently.