Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag offers injury update on Rasmus Hojlund ahead of the Everton game on Sunday
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag provided an injury update on Rasmus Hojlund ahead of the Everton game on Sunday. Hojlund missed the international fixtures for his country after suffering an injury against Luton Town before the November international break.
Ten Hag substituted Hojlund in the 79th minute during the 1-0 victory against Luton after the forward showed visible concern. The 20-year-old went down holding the back of his right leg after attempting to shake off his injury. Anthony Martial replaced the Denmark international after he failed to continue on with the game.
Hojlund secured his starting spot in the team since returning from his earlier injury at the beginning of the season. The 20-year-old impressed the Old Trafford crowd with optimistic performances despite the club’s struggle with consistency and positive results.
Speaking to Manchester United’s website (h/t BBC), Ten Hag revealed that Hojlund is close to full fitness. He said:
“Rasmus Hojlund, not too bad. Everton will be a close finish but we’re working on that. We’re not sure if he can make that but, hopefully, in the next week, he will return to the squad.”
United signed Hojlund from the Serie A club Atalanta for £72m during the summer transfer window. Ten Hag prioritized a forward during the summer after the club struggled to score goals last season.
The Red Devils scored 58 goals, ranking eighth in the Premier League last season. However, Hojlund has failed to contribute any goal in the Premier League as he is yet to open his account.
The Danish international has scored five goals in four appearances for the Red Devils in the Champions League competition. Hojlund has shown there’s more to his game than mere goals as the forward possesses an impressive link-up play.
Furthermore, the 20-year-old works hard off the ball and puts pressure on the opposition from the frontline.
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Ten Hag would be hoping that Hojlund can remain fit throughout this season with congested fixtures on the horizon. The Red Devils need their lead striker as they fight to challenge for the top-four position.