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Hojlund Two confident

Updated on: 20 February,2024 06:02 AM IST  |  Luton

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag believes striker Rasmus will score many more goals due to his strong character after his early double secures close 2-1 victory over Luton Town

Hojlund Two confident

Man Utd’s Rasmus Hojlund shoots to score against Luton Town in Luton on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images

Rasmus Hojlund made Premier League history as the Manchester United striker’s double ensured his side survived a scare from lowly Luton in their 2-1 win on Sunday. 

Record broken

Hojlund became the youngest player to score in six consecutive Premier League games after netting twice in the first seven minutes at Kenilworth Road. At 21 years 14 days old, Hojlund surpassed Newcastle midfielder Joe Willock’s previous record set when he was 21 years 272 days old.

After failing to score in his first 14 Premier League appearances following his August move from Atalanta, Hojlund has scored eight times in his last eight games in all competitions. His brace should have put United in complete control, but Luton fought back impressively as Carlton Morris quickly reduced the deficit. Erik ten Hag’s side were under seige for spells and wasted several chances to kill off fourth-bottom Luton in a tense finale.

Erik ten Hag
Erik ten Hag

Praising Hojlund’s mentality, Ten Hag said: “We recruited him on his character, I knew it was strong. He can really perform under stress and that is something you need from a Man United striker. He doesn’t get nervous or lose confidence. He has a lot of confidence and I’m sure he will score even more.” 

Hojlund added: “I need to say thanks to my teammates and the coach because they have showed me great confidence and kept believing in me. I knew as well that I could score goals but of course it was annoying I didn’t score in the Premier League.” 

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Utd’s fourth consecutive win

Sixth placed United’s fourth consecutive league victory moved them within five points of fourth placed Aston Villa in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. For long periods during a difficult season, that target has seemed beyond United, but Hojlund’s prolific form has given them renewed hope. “We are back in the race and we are building momentum. We need to build pressure. Every game is a final to get closer,” Ten Hag said. 

With just 37 seconds gone, Hojlund intercepted Amari’i Bell’s dreadful back pass, rounded keeper Thomas Kaminski and slotted into the empty net. United’s fastest league goal this season was followed by Hojlund’s second in the seventh minute. When Alejandro Garnacho smashed a volley towards goal from a United corner, the strike hit Hojlund’s chest and deflected into the net.

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