Manchester United’s striker, Rasmus Hojlund, remains steadfast in his support for manager Erik ten Hag’s future at Old Trafford, despite yet another disappointing defeat. The Red Devils suffered a 4-3 loss to Copenhagen, casting doubt on their chances of advancing to the Champions League knockout rounds.
Hojlund wasted no time in putting United ahead with a goal within the first three minutes of the match, and the team maintained a 3-2 lead as they approached the final 10 minutes of regular play. However, a remarkable late resurgence by the Copenhagen side, culminating in a goal by 17-year-old Roony Bardghji, sealed United’s fate with another defeat.
Ten Hag has now overseen an astonishing nine losses this season, including three in a Champions League group that features heavyweights like Bayern Munich, Galatasaray, and Copenhagen. Speculation abounds regarding the United players’ divided opinions on Ten Hag’s performance.
Nevertheless, the £72 million summer signing, Hojlund, emphatically asserts that every player in the United dressing room stands firmly behind the Dutchman. He expressed his belief in the manager’s future success.
Hojlund, who scored twice in the match against his former club, praised Ten Hag, saying, “He’s a truly exceptional coach. He pays meticulous attention to every detail, offers unwavering support, and instills confidence in me. I believe every player in the dressing room is in his corner.
“I’m hopeful that it’s only a matter of time before United achieves success. The first 30 minutes of today’s game showcased some of the best football we’ve played this season.”
United faced the second half with 10 men following Marcus Rashford’s red card at the end of the first period. Ten Hag expressed his view that the dismissal shifted the momentum in Copenhagen’s favor, despite his team’s strong start to the match.
“We’re deeply disappointed because we started the game on a high note. Those initial minutes were our best this season. We were in the lead, and the red card changed everything,” the United boss emphasized.
Ten Hag acknowledged the presence of some errors in the game but described his team’s performance as ‘positive,’ adding, “Mistakes are part of the game. I won’t claim that we did everything perfectly, but there are plenty of positive aspects.
“Even with 10 men, we were dictating the game. We played exceptionally well.”