Erik ten Hag admits full confidence in Rasmus Hojlund after first Premier League goal

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Erik ten Hag was full of praise for Rasmus Hojlund, admitting he has full belief in the young Dane.

Manchester United made several big splashes in the most recent summer transfer window, in an effort to ensure that these Red Devils continue their progression.

Among those key additions was Rasmus Hojlund. The Old Trafford side have been crying out for that reliable goal-scorer in the starting striker role. While the Dane was firing on all cylinders in Europe, it did take him a little while longer domestically.

His first goal came against Aston Villa this weekend, with Hojlund netting the winner and sending the Theatre of Dreams absolutely crazy in the process. He looked pretty emotional as he scored his first league goal for his boyhood club.

Ahead of the Nottingham Forest game, gaffer Erik ten Hag admitted his real belief in Hojlund, claiming he is ‘sure’ the young man will start to score more goals. The ex-Ajax manager would also praise the player’s ’strong character’ through those times of struggle.

When asked directly about Hojlund, the gaffer spoke in glowing terms:

“I have to repeat myself but I trust him, I knew he could [score in the Premier League],” Ten Hag said, per

“His goals in the Champions League and in Denmark showed what he did as a young player in Austria, in Italy and he is a very strong character. 

“But, of course, this goal will give him confidence and belief that he is going to score and he is going to score more goals from this point on, I am sure.”

I’ve said it to a few mates, but I’ve never felt more confidence in a striker who hadn’t scored in the league over the course of the four months he has been playing.

Hojlund oozes class and he’s going to be an outstanding footballer throughout the duration of a long career.

He has all the tools. Pace. Excellent hold-up play. A good passer. A willing presser and most importantly, an elite finisher.

Sadly, United haven’t been playing to his strengths, with the players around him really failing to carve out the openings for the 20-year-old.

As time goes on, that will change, as the likes of Marcus Rashford, Alejandro Garnacho and others start to familiarise themselves with the way Hojlund likes to play the game.

No doubt that first league goal will give Hojlund massive belief, as he looks to carry that positive momentum into the game against Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

Do you think Rasmus Hojlund will now kick on from here? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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