The international player from Denmark moved to United in a £72 million transfer this summer from Atalanta, but his first-team debut has been postponed due to a back problem.
His opportunity came at the Emirates, where he came on to replace Anthony Marial after 67 minutes and gave a strong performance despite his manager Erik ten Hag’s insistence that he should have been given a penalty.
Casemiro was spotted encouraging Hojlund shortly after his arrival, and the image delighted United supporters on social media.
The new United star explained the event by saying his Brazilian teammate told him he was “pleased surprised” by his performance against the Gunners.
Hojlund told his country’s press, “He just says something in Spanish: “vamos” or something similar,” with the Danish team leading San Marino and Finland.
He was pleased that I provided the team a dynamic that was perhaps a little different from what Martial brings to the table.
He looks down the gaps where I like to take the fights and may be a little stronger technically. He told me he was pleased to see me play because, after all, he hadn’t seen me perform before.
On Sunday, Hojlund instantly engaged Arsenal defenders in physical combat, displaying early signs of his intense focus and strength.
The 20-year-old worked with Casemiro to set up Alejandro Garnacho for an oncoming counterattack, and he was also involved in the goal that was disallowed for offside.
Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored in stoppage time to give United a 3-1 loss, although Gary Neville, a former United player, was inspired by Hojlund’s quick effect.
There hasn’t been a striker for Manchester United who can hit. The issue is that,’ Neville said to Sky Sports. “Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t a traditional targetman, and neither are Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial.” At least they have someone who seems like he’ll cause trouble and get his body inside. He is a runner and is aggressive.
The challenge for him is that he is still learning the game. He has only a few seasons of experience playing at the highest level, but we already expect him to be Erling Haaland. The issue is that.
“Manchester United lacks another experienced player to support him.” Martial has been a Manchester United player for nine to ten years, but Erik ten Hag does not want him. This young man is under a lot of stress and is expensive, but it was a promising beginning.