Rasmus Højlund thinks he and Marcus Rashford are the new dynamic duo brewing at Manchester United
Manchester United striker Rasmus Højlund spoke to MUTV (h/t Manchester Evening News) about his partnership with Marcus Rashford. The post-match interview took place after United’s Champions League loss against Turkish club Galatasaray on Tuesday night at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils lost the game 2-3 despite the efforts of Højlund to give the home team the lead twice.
Højlund’s first goal of the night was a close-range header that came through an assist from Rashford in the 17th minute.
The 20-year-old spoke highly about his building partnership with the English International citing their equal pace as a big bonus. He said:
“If we talk about Marcus, we try to talk to each other and he knows I’m going to be there. He knows I can keep up with his pace when we go on the counter and we saw a glimpse of that today.”
The Danish international has started off incredibly with the Red Devils after signing for them during the Summer. Højlund has appeared in seven games for United in all competitions and has scored three goals.
The 20-year-old has scored all of his goals in the Champions League fixtures but continued to deliver good overall performances. Rashford has assisted two of those three goals scored by Højlund.
The English international is facing intense criticism from fans and pundits for his poor performances this season. Rashford has scored only one goal and provided three assists from nine appearances for United in all competitions.
The 25-year-old, despite being the leading goal scorer last season, has failed to consistently demonstrate his reliability.
Rashford’s biggest criticism is his knack for cutting inside and shooting when he has better options available. The Englishman has the ability to break the defensive line with his pace while playing as the left winger.
The England international relies too much on cut-ins and shoots that he becomes predictable for the opponents. At the same time, critics have chastised him for not making sufficient contributions to his teammates.
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We think Højlund gives Rashford an outlet to change his style of play which benefits both him and the club. The Danish player can indeed stay toe-to-toe with the Englishman in pace and both can build a formidable partnership.