Man Utd vs Tottengam: Roy Keane backtracks on Rasmus Hojlund criticism after goal against Spurs | Football

Rasmus Hojlund opened the scoring for Man Utd inside three minutes (Photo: Getty)

Roy Keane was forced to eat his words after Rasmus Hojlund scored and assisted for Manchester United against Tottenham on Sunday.

Hojlund opened the scoring at Old Trafford after just three minutes with a thumping effort that gave Guglielmo Vicario no chance.

Richarlison later levelled the game, but Marcus Rashford, assisted by Hojlund, restored United’s lead before half-time.

The £72million signing had scored just one Premier League goal prior to this game, and while the Red Devils have been poor this season, the young striker’s form and performances have been heavily criticised.

Speaking just before kick-off, former United captain Keane said on Sky Sports: ‘You can’t keep waiting for players.

‘Of course it can take time to bed in. But when these players are getting the opportunities… you have to have the real desire to put the ball in the back of the net.

‘He has missed a lot of clear-cut chances. At a club like Manchester United, you can’t keep waiting.

‘His stats for goals are so poor they are unbelievable. Obviously, it’s not just down for him…but that desire to put the ball in the net, l just don’t see it.’

But following Hojlund’s first-half heroics, Keane was far more positive about the 20-year-old, saying that he was now delivering what had been asked of him.

‘Lovely, brilliant strike [for the first goal]. Poor defending from Spurs, they get back but they relax.

‘But it’s a lovely strike, on target, great power. Great start for United.

‘We need to see more of this kind of football, one-twos, we don’t see enough of them. Poor from Spurs again [for the second goal], players with hands behind their back.

‘Little one-two, nice and strong. Beautiful, sexy football.’


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