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Ten Hag reveals reasons behind singing of Rasmus Hojlund by Man Utd



The 20-year-old from Denmark was unveiled to the fans at Old Trafford as he paraded the pitch ahead of our 3-1 friendly win over RC Lens, having made the switch from Atalanta.

Speaking about the new acquisition, ten Hag explained the role he is likely to play when he takes to the field for the Reds.

“He is really a front man, very direct to the goal,” the manager said.

“A very good presser, a physical presence and I think in the balance of this squad we needed that.

“Alongside Rashford, [he is] another player who is direct and can score goals and that is all in his mind – he wants to score goals.”

Having signed a contract with United running until June 2028, with the option of a further year, there is plenty of scope for Rasmus to develop even further, something Ten Hag is relishing.

“I think he has such a huge potential and now it is up first to him to explore that and we will support him – all the coaches,” he said.

“I’m sure the whole team was waiting for a type like him and they will integrate and in the dressing room or on the pitch they will help him.

“But as I said, finally the player – he has to prove it.”

Pointing to how the youngster can get the best out of himself and the team because of a strong desire to succeed, Ten Hag added: “That is the characters we need: we need hungry players and he is a player who is so determined to score goals and win games and win trophies.”

Hojlund’s direct approach on the field is also something ten Hag hopes will support United’s quality midfield players, who will look to link up with him by getting the ball into spaces behind defences.

“That is our idea,” the manager stated. “But now we have to transfer that to the pitch.”

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