Gary Neville Doubts Rasmus Hojlund's Potential as Top Premier League Striker

Gary Neville doubts Rasmus Hojlund's ability to become a great Premier League striker, citing his limited involvement in play and chances created. Hojlund has struggled for consistency, scoring just once in his last 10 appearances, amidst Manchester United's dismal run of form.

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Gary Neville Doubts Rasmus Hojlund's Potential as Top Premier League Striker

Gary Neville Doubts Rasmus Hojlund's Potential as Top Premier League Striker

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has expressed skepticism about 21-year-old striker Rasmus Hojlund's ability to become a great Premier League striker, despite the youngster netting 14 goals in all competitions this season. Neville believes Hojlund lacks involvement in play and has limited chances created for him, hampering his development.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville said, "I think this is a kid that needs persevering with. I looked at Ollie Watkins before. He's not going to become a Haaland or an Aguero, one of the great strikers in Premier League history, I don't think." The former United captain suggested that Hojlund could develop into a 20-goal-a-season striker like Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins, but won't reach the heights of Premier League greats like Sergio Aguero or Erling Haaland.

Hojlund, who joined United from Atalanta for £72m last summer, has struggled for consistency and form in recent months. He has scored just once in his last 10 appearances, coinciding with the Red Devils' dismal run of only two wins in their last nine games. Reports suggest some United players are actively avoiding passing to the young Dane due to concerns over his performances.

Neville believes Hojlund would have benefited from learning under a more experienced striker like Harry Kane, who was manager Erik ten Hag's top target last summer before the England captain opted to join Bayern Munich. "I wish he was the second striker this season. I wish he was learning, I did the interview with Erik ten Hag last week. He mentioned Harry Kane. If he was learning off Kane now or playing with Kane, I think you'd see a completely different player," Neville added.

The criticism of Hojlund comes amidst a turbulent period for Manchester United, with their hopes of qualifying for European football next season in jeopardy. Former United captain Wayne Rooney has questioned the effort and attitude of some players, stating, "I think the players have to look at themselves, when you've got a manager talking about attitudes and players not being right to play for Manchester United, that's a massive insult."

Despite the doubts surrounding his potential, Hojlund remains determined to prove his worth at Old Trafford. In a recent Instagram post, the striker acknowledged the challenges he faces but vowed to grow from the experience, saying, "Tough times at the moment. But we will grow from this." As Manchester United prepare for their final two games of the season against Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion, all eyes will be on Hojlund to see if he can silence his critics and show signs of becoming the striker United need.

Key Takeaways

  • Gary Neville doubts Rasmus Hojlund's ability to become a great Premier League striker.
  • Hojlund lacks involvement in play and has limited chances created for him, says Neville.
  • Neville believes Hojlund could become a 20-goal-a-season striker like Ollie Watkins.
  • Hojlund has struggled for consistency, scoring just once in his last 10 appearances.
  • Neville thinks Hojlund would have benefited from learning under an experienced striker like Harry Kane.