Man Utd legend Dwight Yorke unsure if Rasmus Hojlund is the ‘answer’ | Football

Rasmus Hojlund scored his fourth league goal as Manchester United defeated West Ham (Picture: Getty)

Dwight Yorke has questioned whether Rasmus Hojlund is the long-term solution for Manchester United up front, though admits he ‘feels for the kid’ given the club’s struggles in his debut season.

Hojlund, 21, was one of seven new arrivals at Old Trafford last summer, with the Red Devils prising the sought-after forward away from Serie A side Atalanta for an initial fee of around £64million.

The striker’s hefty price tag appeared a heavy burden as he failed to find the net in his first 14 appearances in the Premier League across a less-than-convincing opening few months in Manchester.

On Boxing Day, though, Hojlund finally broke his duck in the top flight with a dramatic late winner in United’s 3-2 victory over Aston Villa and the youngster has scored in each of his last four games in all competitions.

But speaking to Sky Sports after Hojlund netted in Sunday’s win over West Ham, Yorke – a treble winner with United in 1999 – revealed he still had question marks over the Denmark international.

‘You have to have certain standards of people you can look at to try and learn from, how you learn from them by watching them in training, watching them play, being among them,’ Yorke said.

Now he’s finding himself here at the top of it and nobody to learn from so I feel for the kid. I’m glad that he’s got a couple of goals. Is he our answer to success? I’m not so sure right now.

Dwight Yorke poses with Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguso

United hero Yorke is yet to be fully convinced by Hojlund (Picture: Getty)

‘He’s still on that borrowed time, he still needs time, but I’m glad that he’s got a couple of goals. That may settle him down.

‘Another question, what are his strengths? Because I still don’t know what his strengths are. Often enough, when you do your due diligence about players and your playing £75m for a player – is he fast, can he head it, can he shoot, can he dribble…?

‘These are basic common denominators when buying players so even to this day I’m not sure of his actual strengths, but he’s coming into a team that is struggling.

‘So if you’re coming in it doesn’t matter how good you are, how young you are or how old you are, you’re going to be struggling in a team that is struggling, that is inconsistent. I feel for the kid and I think there will be some challenging times ahead for him.’

Rashford was reprimanded after missing United’s FA Cup clash with Newport (Picture: Getty)

Yorke went on to discuss Marcus Rashford’s current situation at United, with the England attacker fined £650,000 and forced to train alone after a boozy night out in Belfast last month.

Erik ten Hag has been been keen to draw a line under the episode, but Yorke believes it’s the Dutchman’s ‘duty’ to get to the bottom of Rashford’s concerning off-field behaviour.

‘I don’t condone what he’s done. I think he came out and apologised for that,’ Yorke added.

Marcus Rashford and Erik ten Hag look on during Manchester United match

Ten Hag has been keen to move on from Rashford’s ill discipline (Picture: Getty)

‘I feel that Marcus Rashford is the best player at Manchester United Football Club. You can’t have your best player going off the rails like that, that doesn’t happen.

‘There is a reason behind it. I think it’s the manager’s duty to find out what the reason is, to have that one-on-one conversation as to why his star man is doing what he’s doing.

‘There is more to it, there might be more to it than we know. Yes, the media speculates and he was in Belfast doing what he was doing, doing what he wasn’t supposed to have done. I don’t condone that for a minute, no way.

‘But there must be a route to it somewhere that you need to get the bottom of.

‘If I was Ten Hag I would drive to his house and have a one-on-one conversation with him in front of his mum or his agent, I’d have all these conversations.

‘I would drive to his house because I know how important he is to my success, to Manchester United’s success. He is a key figure.’


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