Danny Murphy Questions Rasmus Hojlund's Ability to Scare Defenders

Rasmus Hojlund, Manchester United's £72 million striker, has drawn comparisons to Liverpool's Darwin Nunez from former player Danny Murphy, who doubts Hojlund's ability to be a world-class No. 9. Hojlund's goalscoring form has dipped, with only one goal in his last seven games, raising questions about his worth.

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Danny Murphy Questions Rasmus Hojlund's Ability to Scare Defenders

Danny Murphy Questions Rasmus Hojlund's Ability to Scare Defenders

Manchester United's £72 million striker Rasmus Hojlund has drawn comparisons to Liverpool's Darwin Nunez from former player Danny Murphy. Despite Hojlund's promising debut season, scoring 14 goals so far, Murphy expressed doubts about the 21-year-old Denmark international's ability to be a world-class No. 9 for United.

In a recent interview, Murphy stated, "I'm dubious about whether Rasmus Hojlund is the world-class No 9 United need. There is nothing in his game that scares defenders. I contrast him to Liverpool's Darwin Nunez, who is erratic but will do a mad bit of skill or make an aggressive dash to cause some problems for defenders." Murphy believes that Hojlund lacks the speed, skill, and cleverness to have that "Wow" factor that top strikers possess.

Hojlund's goalscoring form has dipped in recent months, with only one goal in his last seven games. In comparison, Nunez has scored 11 goals and provided 8 assists in 34 league appearances for Liverpool this season. While Hojlund has time to develop at just 21 years old, questions remain about whether he can live up to his hefty price tag and lead the line for a club of Manchester United's stature.

United manager Erik ten Hag acknowledged the challenges in recruitment, saying, "In the last decade and in this period, we couldn't always get the players we wanted. But then you have to build and you have to accept that you get talent in instead of players who already proved it in the past." Ten Hag had initially targeted Tottenham's Harry Kane last summer but ultimately settled for Hojlund as a promising talent to develop.

As Hojlund prepares to face Arsenal again this Sunday, eight months after making his debut against the Gunners, the spotlight will be on the young Dane to prove his worth. With Manchester United's top-four hopes hanging in the balance, Hojlund will need to rediscover his scoring touch and show that he can be the striker United need to compete at the highest level. The jury is still out on whether he can live up to the lofty expectations that come with his record transfer fee.

Key Takeaways

  • Rasmus Hojlund compared to Darwin Nunez, with doubts about his world-class potential.
  • Hojlund lacks speed, skill, and cleverness, says former player Danny Murphy.
  • Hojlund's goal drought continues, with only 1 goal in his last 7 games.
  • Manager Erik ten Hag acknowledges recruitment challenges, highlighting Hojlund's potential.
  • Hojlund must rediscover scoring touch to prove himself as Manchester United's top striker.