Hojlund: Debut made my dream a reality

Monday 04 September 2023 10:49

Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund says his dream became a reality on Sunday, having made his Reds debut in our Premier League game away to Arsenal.

The summer signing was included in Erik ten Hag’s matchday squad for the first time – having recovered from a pre-season injury – and was introduced from the bench at the Emirates Stadium with 67 minutes on the clock.

Wearing his new no.11 shirt, Hojlund put in an impressive cameo but was unfortunately unable to help United take anything from north London, after two decisive Arsenal goals secured a dramatic 3-1 win for the hosts.

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Despite that, it is fair to say that Rasmus made an impression on his inaugural outing for the club, which drew praise from Ten Hag in his post-match press conference.

The forward provided a physical focal point in attack from the moment he took to the pitch, and it was his clever flick that played a key role in the creation of Alejandro Garnacho's disallowed goal.

Sunday's conclusion should not do too much to dampen the spirits of the 20-year-old however, as the boyhood Red proudly played his first match for the club he has supported since he was a child.

Hojlund has shared his pride at the personal achievement on social media, saying: “So proud to make my debut for @manchesterunited, the dream became a reality ❤️

“Unlucky with the result today… but we will bounce back after the international break. 

“Now focus on [playing for Denmark in the international break] 🔜🇩🇰.”

Our no.11 is set to represent his national team, who have Euro 2024 qualifiers against San Marino and Finland, in the September break, before returning to Manchester.

He will hope to build on a solid start at United, and make his Old Trafford bow, as we look to return to winning ways in our next outing, at home to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday 16 September.