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Erik ten Hag confident key attacker’s injury won’t derail Manchester United season, cites Alejandro Garnacho example

Erik ten Hag denies Hojlund injury will derail Manchester United’s season
Erik ten Hag denies Hojlund injury will derail Manchester United’s season

Erik ten Hag denies Hojlund injury will derail Manchester United’s season

Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has moved to dispel concerns over the impact of Rasmus Hojlund’s recent injury on the team’s season trajectory. Ten Hag dismissed the notion that the absence of the top scorer would significantly derail United’s campaign, attributing the club’s depth and attacking threat to mitigate the situation.

Hojlund’s muscle injury is expected to sideline him for up to three weeks, resulting in his absence from crucial upcoming fixtures, including Premier League clashes and an FA Cup tie. Despite Hojlund’s pivotal role in the squad, Ten Hag remains confident in the team’s ability to cope without him.

With Hojlund’s impressive goal-scoring record, having netted 13 goals in 30 matches, eight in his last eight, his absence undoubtedly poses a challenge for United. However, Ten Hag pointed out the scoring contributions from other players, notably Alejandro Garnacho, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, and Bruno Fernandes, highlighting the team’s collective attacking prowess.

Erik ten Hag denies Hojlund injury will derail Manchester United’s season.
Erik ten Hag denies Hojlund injury will derail Manchester United’s season.

Here is what ETH had to say via The Guardian:

“Garnacho is scoring a lot of goals – seven,”

“Rashy [Rashford] is capable, but he scores [only] five [so far]. In our last games, the frontline is an absolute threat, they score [so] is it Rasmus Højlund only?”

Injuries Galore

Ten Hag emphasized the recent form of United’s frontline, noting their transformation from a goal-shy unit to a consistent threat in recent games. He stressed the importance of not solely relying on one individual, illustrating the team’s diversified scoring options.

While Hojlund’s impact has been significant, Ten Hag believes in the depth and versatility within the squad to maintain competitiveness across multiple competitions. He highlighted Garnacho’s emergence as a goal-scoring threat and expressed confidence in Rashford’s ability to step up in Hojlund’s absence.

Despite the setback, Ten Hag remains focused on guiding United to a successful season, with aspirations of securing a Champions League finish. He acknowledged the challenge posed by Hojlund’s injury but expressed optimism in the team’s ability to adapt and continue their pursuit of silverware.

Manager Erik ten Hag will have a few injury issues to deal with for a while.
Manager Erik ten Hag will have a few injury issues to deal with for a while.

United’s significant investment in Hojlund during the summer transfer window underscores their belief in his talent and potential impact on the team. While his absence may disrupt the status quo, Ten Hag’s managerial acumen and the resilience of his squad offer assurance that they can overcome obstacles and continue their pursuit of silverware.

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