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Erik Ten Hag is Confident That Rasmus Hojlund Will Find His Rhythm at Man Utd

Erik Ten Hag (Credits: Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has expressed confidence that Rasmus Højlund will soon score his first Premier League goal, despite the team’s ongoing struggles to find the net.

Højlund, who was signed in the summer from Atalanta for a reported fee of £64 million ($82 million) after scoring 16 goals last season, has yet to score in 13 Premier League appearances. However, he was United’s top scorer in the Champions League group stage with five goals.

“We are open, he is open. His mentality is great. I think he is a very good performer under stress and he deals with that,” Ten Hag said in his news conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Ham United.

“But it’s not only about Rasmus Højlund, it’s about Marcus Rashford, it’s also about [Alejandro] Garnacho, it’s also about Antony, it’s also about Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay.

“Don’t forget our full backs, who have to play a big part in that. I’m sure we will improve and especially if our squad is full. If it is better balanced, we should create more chances.”

United have failed to score in their last three games, losing to Bournemouth and Bayern Munich before a goalless draw at Liverpool.

Erik Ten Hag (Credits: Premier League)

“We know we have to improve, we played good in those games, but we should have created more chances and we should have been more clinical,” Ten Hag said.

“It’s not about one player, it’s about the group of us. As you know, in my philosophy, we have to attack with 11 [players]. “We have to get the movements better, the decision-making on the ball has to be better and sometimes also we have to be more clinical.”

Ten Hag still has injuries and illness to contend with as seventh-place United look to climb up the table.

“We have some doubts, some illnesses during the week so we have to see who is available for tomorrow. Hopefully, they are recovered, but we have to see,” he said.

“Casemiro and Lisandro Martínez are not available before Christmas, so mid-January we expect them back.

“Mason Mount is similar, into January. Harry Maguire, I expect him earlier and Victor Lindelöf is not available. He has had surgery, so he will be out for a couple of weeks.”

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