Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has showered praise on Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund for his crucial stoppage-time goal against Newport County in the FA Cup fourth round.
Initially, the Red Devils secured an early two-goal advantage at Rodney Parade, with Alejandro Garnacho coming close to extending their lead further but hitting the woodwork with his attempt.
However, Newport County unexpectedly narrowed the gap with a stunning 25-yard strike before leveling the scores after halftime.
Manchester United managed to regain the lead through Antony in the 68th minute.
As the match approached its conclusion, Manchester United found themselves under pressure, but Hojlund alleviated the tension with his goal in the 94th minute.
Reflecting on the game, Shearer expressed his delight for the young Danish striker, praising his relentless effort throughout the match.
Shearer commented that Hojlund’s hard work paid off and he deserved his goal, emphasizing his continuous dedication on the field. He stated, “You’ve got to keep going and he deserved it.”
Despite receiving limited service in the final third since joining Old Trafford, Hojlund showcased his abilities against Newport County.
Despite the team’s struggles in the second half, Hojlund managed 41 touches and 19 successful passes.
In addition to his goal, he contributed two key passes and achieved a 100 percent success rate in take-ons against the League Two opponents.
While Manchester United was expected to defeat Newport County, they encountered difficulties due to some defensive lapses.
Casemiro, returning from a lengthy hamstring injury, struggled to exert control in midfield, raising doubts about his readiness.
It wouldn’t be surprising if he finds himself on the bench against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In contrast, Hojlund has been finding his rhythm lately, contributing to four goals in his last four games.
Manchester United will rely on him to maintain this form in the upcoming months as they aim to secure European qualification and pursue FA Cup glory.