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Serie A Forward Is Pushing For A Move To Manchester United: Good Choice For Ten Hag?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, journalist Rudy Galetti revealed that Atalanta forward Rasmus Hojlund is pushing for a move to Manchester United. Galetti said,

“A concrete option (for United) is to send an official offer to Atalanta. Obviously, there will be no issue on personal terms side, as the players’ statement confirms that he wants this move and is pushing to make it happen.”

Hojlund’s Impressive Rise In Italian Football

The 20-year-old had a decent campaign with Atalanta recently as he managed to put in a run of impressive performances for them in front of the opposition goal. Hojlund registered ten goals and four assists in 34 matches for the Italian club last season on all fronts.

The talented youngster led the line well by averaging 1.7 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A. However, he needs to distribute the ball a bit better in the final third based on his pass completion rate of 74.3% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Hojlund is under contract at Atalanta until the summer of 2027. However, the player wants a move away from the Italian club which could open the door for Man United to land him in this off-season.

Rasmus Højlund
BERGAMO, ITALY – JUNE 04: Rasmus Hojlund of Atalanta BC celebrates after scoring the team’s third goal during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and AC Monza at Gewiss Stadium on June 04, 2023 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Is Hojlund A Good Choice For Manchester United Boss Erik Ten Hag?

Hojlund is proficient at finding space for himself to get some strikes in on-target. The Danish forward can be a decent finisher in front of the opponent’s goal when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. He can even engineer some meaningful openings for his teammates in the final third and is a good dribbler with the ball as well.

Hojlund has what it takes to add some much-needed firepower to Man United boss Erik Ten Hag’s frontline. He would serve as an upgrade over Wout Weghorst who failed to prove his worth at Old Trafford last season.

At 20, Hojlund has got a very promising future ahead of him which makes him a great choice for the Red Devils to consider during this summer transfer period. However, there are some concerns over whether he would be able to adapt to the physicality and high intensity of Premier League football.

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