Interview: Rasmus Hojlund’s first words after official Manchester United transfer
Rasmus Hojlund is officially a Manchester United player. It feels good to say it.
The transfer saga went on for what seemed like an eternity, with the Red Devils finally agreeing on paying a £72million (including add-ons) for him.
He was unveiled as our third signing on August 5 at Old Trafford when we beat RC Lens 3-1. But he could have to wait for a while to make his debut for us given he currently lacks match fitness.
Fans nevertheless have the next best thing to seeing Hojlund on the pitch in Manchester United colours… his first words as a Red Devil. He told MUTV:
Hojlund happy to be at Manchester United
“It is no secret that I have been a fan of this great club since I was a small boy, and I dreamed of walking out at Old Trafford as a Manchester United player.
“I am incredibly excited by this opportunity to turn that dream into a reality, and I am determined to repay the faith that the club has shown in me. It is still early in my career, but I know that I am ready to make this step up and play with this group of world-class players.”
It is indeed still early in his career. The 20-year-old only moved to Atalanta last summer from Sturm Graz and managed nine goals in 32 Serie A outings.
When the links first emerged, some fans would have been surprised considering he wasn’t a household name. Manchester United needed a proven goal-scorer for the No. 9 position, so fans expected the club will sign a world-class superstar.
But Hojlund’s signing is pretty exciting in itself. The fee we have paid and the abilities he showed in Bergamo indicate that Erik ten Hag and the club’s staff saw something in him.
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He is tall, fast and has a good finish on him. The Denmark international is still very young, so it is even more exciting to know that he will still improve and hone his skills, playing alongside world-class superstars such as Mason Mount and Marcus Rashford.