After the UEFA Champions League game against FC Bayern Munchen at Old Trafford, Rasmus Hojlund, the Danish forward for Manchester United, was praised by the supporters, which was acknowledged by Manchester United’s manager Erik ten Hag in an exclusive interview with TNT Sports. Ten Hag expressed his unwavering belief in Hojlund’s capability to perform exceptionally well in the Premier League. Although Hojlund has yet to score in the league, he has displayed remarkable form in European matches, netting five goals in six games in the Champions League.
According to Ten Hag, if Hojlund can find the back of the net in the Champions League, he is also capable of doing so in the Premier League, emphasizing that it’s merely a matter of time. Nevertheless, the manager stressed the importance of the whole team enhancing their offensive tactics and generating additional chances. He firmly believed that Hojlund possesses exceptional skills as a goal scorer.
Manchester United, positioned at the seventh spot in the standings after enduring seven losses in 17 matches, has faced persistent injury concerns throughout the season. Defenders Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire, along with Casemiro and Mason Mount, will be unavailable for the upcoming West Ham game. Although Lindelof and Maguire are anticipated to make a prompt comeback, Casemiro and Mount are not expected to return until mid-January. Lisandro Martinez is currently out of action after undergoing surgery for a metatarsal injury.
Despite the players being injured, Ten Hag chose not to disclose any potential transfers in the upcoming January window, expressing his confidence in the current squad and his anticipation for the injured players’ comeback. The unexpected addition of Jonny Evans on a free transfer has turned out to be a brilliant move, as the seasoned defender has been instrumental in adapting to the ever-changing defense.
Ten Hag commended his defenders for their impressive performance, emphasizing their strong and effective communication skills. Despite the significance of Evans’ expertise in the scoreless match against Liverpool, Manchester United is also witnessing the emergence of talented young players from their academy, including Kobbie Mainoo. Mainoo made history as the youngest United player to start against Liverpool in a Premier League fixture.
Contemplating what lies ahead, Ten Hag conveyed his positive outlook on Manchester United’s potential. He emphasized the importance of nurturing and pushing their players to reach greater heights. According to him, the club possesses individuals who can make valuable contributions for the next ten years and play a pivotal role in accomplishing their objectives. You can tune in to TNT Sports 1 and TNT Sports Ultimate to catch the highly anticipated game between West Ham United and Manchester United. The broadcast will commence at 11:00 on Saturday, December 9, and the match will kick off at 12:30. TNT Sports can be accessed through multiple television platforms, such as discovery+, BT, EE, Sky, and Virgin Media.