Struggling Man Utd star will become ‘unbelievable’ says former coach | Football

The forward only has two Premier League goals so far (Picture: Getty Images)

Rasmus Hojlund has the mentality and characteristics required to become an ‘unbelievable’ player for Manchester United despite his slow start to life at Old Trafford, according to his former coach.

The 20-year-old had to wait four months and 15 games for his first Premier League goal, which came against Aston Villa on Boxing Day, and he followed that up with the opener in United’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham at the weekend.

Despite also netting five times in the Champions League, it has been an unquestionably slow start for the £72million man – something he recognises himself, saying there has been ‘a lot of focus about me not scoring in the Premier League’.

But current Reading manager Ruben Selles, who worked with Hojlund when he was assistant manager at Copenhagen, is in no doubt about the Dane’s quality despite his modest goal return and is convinced he will live up to his price tag in time.

Speaking to Training Ground Guru, Selles said: ‘I think with Rasmus you can expect him to be rated as one of the best strikers in the world.

‘But I think he will become that when the United team also will become more established than it is at the moment right now.

‘And I think you can only expect better things from him in the Manchester United [shirt].’

Asked if Hojlund has the mentality to deal with his goalscoring struggles – and the criticism that has come his way as a result – Selles continued: ‘He’s a mentality monster.

Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund

Hojlund produced an explosive finish early on against Spurs (Picture: Getty)

‘He developed into a mentality monster, he has a good family that take care of him.

‘His two brothers are playing for FC Copenhagen, actually for the first team right now, one of them was even in the squad when they played there [at Old Trafford].

‘His environment is really strong and he’s a really strong character.

‘You don’t have very often that young talented player that, when we had him in Copenhagen, with that kind of mentality.

‘And, yeah, it’s the Premier League, the exposure is the biggest in the world, and when he has a miss everyone is just talking about it.

‘But it’s just part of the process and he will become a better player and he will become more stronger in his mind through this process.

‘He has been brilliant in all the other competitions, he has been brilliant for United. I think it’s a matter of time that he’s going to connect that and connect that with the fans.

‘And once he will make this crack, he’s going to be unbelievable.’


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