Schmeichel: We've never had anyone like Hojlund before

Saturday 16 September 2023 07:00

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes the Reds have never had a player like Rasmus Hojlund before.

The world-class keeper, who made 398 appearances for the club and, until last year, was our all-time clean sheet holder, knows all there is about making your mark in M16.

A five-time Premier League winner who captained the Treble-winning team to Champions League glory in 1999, it's safe to say Peter is among our greatest-ever players, let alone just those who hail from Scandinavia.

Following Hojlund's summer arrival at the club, United Review spoke to Schmeichel about Rasmus's best attributes and how much of an impact he can have on Erik ten Hag's team.

"He’s a very, very nice boy," said our former keeper. "I’ve been asked about him a lot, and the phrase I always use is that he has a lot of unfulfilled potential.

"There isn’t a weakness in his game. There isn’t a part of his game where he can’t be absolutely excellent. A lot of that has to come from how he handles himself, and I’m absolutely sure he’ll do that well, but it’s also about how he’s being coached.

"This guy is everything: he’s big, strong, quick, physical, technical, tactically adept. Everything you want in a footballer, everything you want in a striker. He’s got the nose, as well, of a no.9."

Having made just one appearance for the Reds so far, his impressive second-half cameo against Arsenal before the international break, Schmeichel is convinced that Hojlund is unlike any other player that has stepped out at Old Trafford in a United shirt before.

"The half an hour we saw against Arsenal is not a false positive, in my opinion," he added. "We saw who he is: he comes in, bullies defenders, wants the ball, isn’t afraid of getting involved, his running puts pressure on the opposition.

"He’s just got complete and utter unfulfilled potential and I’m very excited about him at United, because I don’t think we’ve ever had a player like him.

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"We’ve had different players in combinations, but the closest one I can get to is Wayne Rooney. Rooney wasn’t slow, but Rasmus is quick, and that’s different.

"I’m not saying Rasmus is as good as Wayne, because, my God, Wayne was so good and he achieved so much, but Rasmus could be that kind of player."

Read the full interview in this weekend's United Review, for our game against Brighton. It is available outside the ground before our home matches and you can also order it online.