Manchester United recruited Denmark international striker Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta in a £72 million deal during the summer transfer window and he is yet to open his goalscoring account in the Premier League.
The 20-year-old has bagged five goals in four Champions League appearances since joining the Red Devils but has drawn blank in nine Premier League games.
Alan Shearer believes Hojlund will eventually come good, but he reckons Man United manager Erik ten Hag has been overplaying him.
“What do you make of Rasmus Hojlund, Alan?,” Gary Lineker asked the Premier League legend on The Rest is Football podcast.
“I like his movements – I think the goals will come. I mean, he certainly should have scored one yesterday (Saturday), but he has scored five goals in the Champions League this season. It is a kind of unusual way around to do it.”
“I feel a little bit sorry for him,” Shearer replied.
“He shouldn’t be in the position he is in, in terms of the fee that has been paid for him, the pressure that’s on him. He should be one match in and out, use him as a sub, you start him here and there.
“They should have had a big head in there. I feel a little bit of sympathy for him, but I do see, there is a potential goalscorer in there.
“I think he would be having sleepless nights because of what’s happening to him in front of the goal in the Premier League.
“He looks like he is going to be injured now, a hamstring injury I think it was. I think there is definitely something in there.”
Hojlund has started 12 of the 15 games he has appeared in this term, and the pressure is definitely telling on him in the Premier League.
Ten Hag does not have any other number nine he can trust to lead his line with Anthony Martial hugely underwhelming these days.
The last time a Man United forward scored in the Premier League was against Arsenal on Matchday 4, and it is the only league goal from that department this term.
They are currently sixth in the table after 12 games having managed to win four of their last five league games despite not playing well.
Ten Hag needs his attack to step up after the break, and Hojlund will hope the rest during the international break will help him recharge his batteries.
He has withdrawn from the Denmark squad alongside Christian Eriksen due to injuries and could do with a much-needed rest in the next fortnight.
Man United return to action with a trip to face Everton on November 26, and Hojlund will hope to get on the scoresheet and help his side to victory.
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