Rasmus Hojlund celebrates

Hojlund reflects on two-goal exploits at Luton

Sunday 18 February 2024 19:38

Rasmus Hojlund's first Premier League brace made the difference for Manchester United in a tight contest against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

The Danish striker netted twice in the first seven minutes as he became the youngest player in Premier League history to net in six successive games.

Speaking to Sky Sports after our 2-1 victory, Hojlund felt the Reds should have been more clinical in the second half to secure a more comfortable victory after a dream start.

“[We had] a good beginning, two good and fast goals and then we drop off a little bit, we get unfocused and they get one back,” Rasmus explained.

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“We know with this crowd and this pitch and this atmosphere, 2-1 is always a dangerous result and then we go to the break. I think actually we created a lot of chances in the second half, we just need to score. I have one as well and yeah, a little bit annoyed by that.”

His opening goal after just 37 seconds - United’s earliest ever Premier League away goal - was down to impressive anticipation.

“I thought that this [attack] could be something and I already knew that I was going to go past him [Luton keeper Thomas Kaminski] then,” Rasmus said.

“I have a lot of speed, so just drag it to my left foot and then go past him and yeah, put it in the back of the net. I was a little bit unsure of the touch because I thought that it was maybe going to go a little bit too short, but, in the end, it was a good goal.”

Our no.11 didn’t have to wait long for his second goal when he diverted Alejandro Garnacho’s volley into the net, an action he insisted was deliberate.

“Yeah, [I] 100 per cent [meant it],” Rasmus told Sky Sports. “I think you can see I took my body there and just flick it in. I was surprised that was such a good goal, to be fair, but yeah, I've actually tried to train to, not finish like this, but, like, shoulders and just, you know, when you do kick-ups and stuff and you just toggle it a bit with the ball. Also at the moment, I have a lot of confidence, so yeah, it goes in.”

Hojlund’s rich vein of scoring has also coincided with United’s upturn in form and the Danish frontman believes team-mates like Garnacho, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes around him have helped his game.

“Yeah, 100 per cent. I play for probably one of the biggest clubs in the world, so it's quality players I train and play with every day, especially the guys I have around me. I'm very happy for them.

“I just want to keep playing with them and get even better. Hopefully they can also get better, and we can be and we can grow together.”

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The Reds leave Kenilworth Road with a fourth straight league victory and fifth consecutive win in all competitions and Rasmus can feel the momentum building.

“This was massive today, closing an even closer gap to Spurs who lost some points as well,” Hojlund added.

“We need to keep pushing. It's our target to get the Champions League football and go as far as we can in the FA Cup as well. We need to remember that it's very important for us to win trophies, so we will do everything possible to go and win everything.”