'That's the sort of centre-forward play United have been lacking'

Rasmus Hojlund scores for Manchester United at Aston Villa
Rasmus Hojlund scores for Manchester United at Aston Villa

Rasmus Hojlund's goal in Sunday's 2-1 win at Aston Villa meant the Denmark striker has scored in each of his past five appearances for Manchester United.

Hojlund, who joined from Atalanta for a reported £72m in August, scored five times for United in the Champions League group stage. He failed to find the net in the Premier League until 26 December, but has since enjoyed his best scoring spell with the Red Devils.

Reflecting on Hojlund's display at Villa Park, Times reporter Charlotte Duncker told BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily podcast: "His goal [at Villa] was a poacher's goal and that's the sort of centre-forward play that United have been lacking. They've had good wide players over the years but they haven't had that sort of player who lurks in and around the box, like Ruud van Nistelrooy used to do.

"He was in the right place at the right time. Everyone can say it was an easy tap-in, but in the past they've not had those players there to take those chances.

"At the beginning of the season, he was getting up to speed with the Premier League. His work off the ball was largely underrated, a lot of pressure came because of the price tag, but he's got five in five now. If he can take that momentum going forward into the rest of the season, maybe people will start to see why Erik ten Hag believed he was a missing piece in that jigsaw.

"I think he can be a success at Manchester United, given what he's starting to show."

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