The young Dane has had little time to work but has succeeded in capturing the imagination of supporters with his undoubted potential and exciting cameo at Arsenal. It is accepted that, as a 20-year-old striker with just one full season in a top European league under his belt, Hojlund is a raw talent that will require nurturing.
However, there was little hint of that when he entered the pitch at the Emirates Stadium, with little over 20 minutes remaining, and immediately gave the Reds an outlet in attack. On Thursday, United revelled in sharing that the 72m man had recorded the quickest sprint of any United player so far this season as he looked to support Marcus Rashford, ranking fifth in the Premier League, overall.
Many players would wilt under the pressure of such a high-profile transfer fee, but Hojlund is showing that he has the mentality needed to succeed at Old Trafford. When asked if he was excited to return to United during the international break, he replied: Of course I am. Ive said it many times and thats probably the biggest thing you miss when youre with the national team. So Im looking forward to it. I live the dream every day, so Im happy about that.
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This was the same international break that saw Hojlund lead chants with Denmark fans after helping his country to an important win over Finland in Helsinki. On a night that the young striker admitted he fulfilled a boyhood dream by holding the megaphone in front of the crowd, Hojlund gave an insight into his mentality that bodes well ahead of his first start in a United shirt
“They (the older players) would like me to take on more responsibility, and I am one of the youngsters who have to step up to show my worth in the national team, he told Bold.dk. It gave a boost and I&aposm happy about it.”