Henrik Larsson gives Rasmus Hojlund verdict and reveals two things he likes about Man United striker

The Dane, who joined United from Italian outfit Atalanta in the summer transfer window, has experienced a mixed start to life in England, scoring five goals in his first 15 games for the club. All of his five goals have been scored in the Champions League, meaning his search for his first Premier League goal is still ongoing.

Though that search is bound to be playing on the youngster&aposs mind, he has, for the most part, been starved of service, with United&aposs wingers earning plenty of criticism. They have not produced enough quality crosses into the box that he would have looked to have connected with.

Hojlund has already demonstrated that he is a mobile operator who will look to attack crosses. His opening goal against Galatasaray in the Champions League last month demonstrated his desire to meet inviting balls into the box.

And for Larsson, who had a short spell at Old Trafford back in 2007, he has been encouraged by what he has seen from the 20-year-old, though he acknowledges it will take time for him to get fully up to speed.

“I watched him when United played against Copenhagen at Old Trafford,” Larsson told United&aposs club website. “I liked what I saw.

“He is a striker with some speed. He was willing to go beyond the opponents&apos back-four or back-three, however you want to see it. It&aposs early to say, but he looks interesting because physically, there is a presence about him.

“It&aposs going to take some time before he settles in. He&aposs new to the club and getting used to the other players. But hopefully for United, he can be a good striker.”

Hojlund, for the most part, has operated in the middle of a front-three at United so far, flanked by two wingers. However, manager Erik ten Hag has occasionally fielded a front-two, deploying Hojlund alongside a fellow frontman.

Larsson added: “I think if you&aposre playing up front in any system, one or two, you always should be able to keep the ball because you&aposre not going to be with your partner all the time, even if you&aposre playing two up front.

“So I think that&aposs the skill set that you need to have as a striker, because more often than not you&aposre going to have your back towards the goal. And then you need to be able to both keep the ball, but also see where your teammates are and be able to play the knock-back to one of your midfield players coming up and then going beyond again.