During the pre-match press conference ahead of the upcoming Premier League clash with West Ham, Erik ten Hag shed light on Rasmus Hojlund’s character, emphasizing the striker’s determination and drive for improvement.
Describing the 20-year-old Dane as a “great character,” Ten Hag highlighted Hojlund’s relentless work ethic and his recent surge in scoring, attributing it to the team’s enhanced service to the front line.
Moreover, Ten Hag expressed optimism about the budding relationship between Hojlund and the more seasoned players like Rashford, Garnacho, and Bruno, noting their collective contribution to Hojlund’s goal-scoring opportunities.
However, Ten Hag acknowledged the pressure on a striker facing high expectations, both internally and externally, admitting that Hojlund gets frustrated when he doesn’t find the back of the net. Nonetheless, he commended Hojlund’s resilience and composure under such pressure, praising his unwavering determination and refusal to give up.
Reflecting on the anniversary of the Munich air disaster, Ten Hag underscored its significance in the club’s legacy, highlighting the resilience and fighting spirit displayed by individuals like academy product Kobbie Mainoo, who epitomizes the club’s ethos of overcoming adversity.
When asked about the success of young players in the squad, Ten Hag emphasized the importance of his role in developing them, stressing the need for patience and proper structures within the academy. He emphasized the advantage of integrating young talents who understand the club’s DNA, attributing their success to the club’s nurturing environment.