Throughout the summer it had become apparent the Reds needed to address their strikeforce. United&aposs undoing during Erik ten Hag&aposs first season in charge was their lack of a recognised and reliable No.9 option.
Against Nottingham Forest, Anthony Martial was given the opportunity to impress the Dutchman but his performance left a lot to be desired. The Frenchman was incredibly fortunate to be given a second chance against Arsenal but come full-time Ten Hag was surely left in little doubt about where the future of this club&aposs attack lies.
Rasmus Hojlund was like a breath of fresh air in the forward line. His energy and physicality proved to be a nuisance for the Gunners&apos defence and most importantly gave United a focal point spearheading their attack which they have been lacking.
It is not just the media and the fans who have been won over by this new approach either. Casemiro was quick to show his approval during the game when, by Hojlund&aposs own admission, he revealed Casemiro said: “Something in Spanish: &aposVamos&apos or something like that.
“He was happy that I gave the team perhaps a slightly different dynamic than what you get from Martial. Hes maybe a little more technically strong and looks down the gaps where I like to take the fights.”
Perhaps to the delight of supporters, Alejandro Garnacho also appears to be pleased with what his new teammate brings. He added in Hojlund&aposs Instagram comments section: “We will be back, together 11×17.”
Ultimately it is just a small gesture on social media but what we are seeing is the first tentative steps of a strike partnership which could blossom for at least the next ten years and beyond.
Hojlund&aposs style of play is winning over everyone it seems and it looks increasingly difficult to see where Martial fits in this new approach. United are moving on and sadly this could mean the Frenchman has to do so as well.
One of the stand-out kits of the new season, the base colour of the adidas shirt is green with white stripes and maroon lines ensuring United will boast one of the most eye-catching shirts in the game for the 2023/2024 campaign.