Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Rasmus Hojlund needs more service from his team members to score goals.
Rasmus Hojlund has scored only three goals in 10 appearances for the Red Devils but is yet to open his account in the Premier League.
Ferdinand sympathised with the 20-year-old on his FIVE YouTube channel.
He said: “I think we need to get to a place where we’re actually playing to our players’ strengths.
“You look at Hojlund, he wants the ball crossed. You saw the header he scored in the Champions League, you see the way he attacks crosses.
“Get the ball wide and cross it! Antony keeps chopping back on his left foot – doesn’t cross it. Marcus doesn’t really cross from that [left] side.
“Get past your full-back, or get a yard, and put the ball in the box! And he’ll attack it.”
Man Utd must leverage Rasmus Hojlund’s strengths
The Red Devils have struggled to score this season. Their leading scorer in the top flight is Scott McTominay, with three goals.
Match-winning strikes from Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot and Raphael Varane show that attacking players are in desperate need of bailing out.
Hojlund was signed in a big-money transfer deal last summer to remove dependency on Marcus Rashford scoring.
An attacking trio of Rashford, Hojlund and Antony looks threatening on paper. However, they have failed to create any chemistry.
Ferdinand’s assessment looks spot on. The Denmark international has shown glimpses of his breakneck pace and strength.
Rashford and Antony must recognise that the towering striker needs to be served with crosses.
Antony has a very weak right foot, which prevents him from floating in crosses. He cuts inside and tries to leverage his left foot to shoot or pass.
The same applies to Rashford, who prefers to utilise his strong right foot.
If Man United want their star striker to find the back of the net regularly, his teammates need to do better, especially the wingers.
- Erik ten Hag confirms Rasmus Hojlund and Antony are available for selection vs Galatasaray
- Man United handed huge injury boost as Rasmus Hojlund and Antony return to training
- Newcastle United’s home prowess set to test Manchester United’s resurgence
- Man Utd in the front line to sign Joao Neves but Benfica aim to increase release clause
- Preview: Galatasaray vs Manchester United – prediction, team news, line-ups
- Sofyan Amrabat’s future at United no longer obvious with Kobbie Mainoo’s emergence
- Man United interested in Leipzig striker Timo Werner
- Stats show Harry Maguire has fared better than Arsenal star William Saliba in defensive actions
- Gareth Southgate to hold talks with Kobbie Mainoo as he is desperate to see him pledge his international future to England
- Three Manchester United changes Erik ten Hag should make for the must-win UCL clash against Galatasaray