Erik ten Hag lauded Rasmus Hojlund’s perseverance and positive attitude amid initial challenges at Manchester United, praising the young striker’s character and determination.

Despite a tough start to his career at Old Trafford, where he went 14 Premier League games without finding the net following his summer move from Atalanta for a hefty fee of £72 million ($90m), Hojlund’s resilience shone through. Ten Hag disclosed that during this dry spell, the striker was visibly frustrated. However, after breaking his goal drought against Aston Villa, he has since found the net in three consecutive league games, taking his tally for the season to nine across all competitions.

Reflecting on Hojlund’s attitude amidst adversity, Ten Hag remarked, “He’s a fantastic character, constantly striving to improve. As the team’s performance has improved and become more stable, we’ve been able to provide better service to the forwards, leading to Hojlund’s recent scoring spree.” The manager noted the developing chemistry among players like Marcus Rashford, Alejandro Garnacho, and Bruno Fernandes, which has facilitated Hojlund’s increased scoring opportunities.

Acknowledging the pressure on a striker with high expectations, both internally and externally, Ten Hag emphasized Hojlund’s resilience and composure under stress. Despite the challenges, Hojlund never wavers in his determination, continuously working to position himself for success.

Manchester United’s current position in eighth place, trailing nine points behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, underscores the importance of Hojlund’s goal-scoring form in their pursuit of a Champions League spot. With Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Aston Villa occupying the top four spots, and Spurs in close contention, every point matters for United.

The Red Devils face West Ham tonight at Old Trafford, with a victory potentially propelling them above both West Ham and Brighton into fifth place in the league standings.

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