Hojlund off the mark in United colours

Thursday 21 September 2023 12:00

In the 49th minute of Manchester United's 4-3 UEFA Champions League group-stage loss to Bayern Munich, Rasmus Hojlund grabbed his first goal for the club.

A childhood United fan, that finish would have meant a great deal to him. Had it been scored in different circumstances, he would have been able to celebrate it even more passionately too.

Rasmus's second-half finish came as Erik ten Hag's team looked to find a way back into the match against the hosts and was the product of the same Hojlund-Rashford link-up play that the boss spoke about in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

Hopefully, the first of many United goals for Rasmus Hojlund.

Marcus created the chance from the left, with a first-time pass, and Rasmus took up a dangerous position in the centre and applied the finishing touch with ease.

The way the goal came to be was, in fact, very similar to what Hojlund and the Old Trafford faithful thought was his first for the club against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, only for that one to be chalked off following a VAR decision on the ball crossing the line.

While Rasmus's scintillating pace is well documented, the smart finishes against Brighton and Bayern were from positions that 'poachers' take up. Getting into the optimum area to score goals is half the battle.

In addition to his goal, the 20-year-old Denmark striker appeared unfazed by the occasion and, particularly in that second period, caused Thomas Tuchel's defence some problems.

Getting off the mark is a daunting task that all strikers face when they move to an new club, and the media are often quick to apply pressure. Now that Hojlund has done so, he and the United fans will no doubt hope he can follow it up with further celebrations in the coming weeks and months.

The next opportunity for the forward to do this is at Burnley, when United take on the Clarets at Turf Moor on Saturday night.

The only other Scandinavian to score for the Reds against Bayern? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, of course, in 1999. If our new man can do anything like as well as the Norwegian, we'll have plenty of good times to celebrate together.