Erik ten Hag defends Man Utd striker Rasmus Hojlund after shocking miss against Luton

Nine Premier League games without a goal!

Erik ten Hag defends Man Utd striker Rasmus Hojlund after shocking miss against Luton
Rasmus Hojlund's Premier League goalscoring drought continued against Luton
Rasmus Hojlund’s Premier League goalscoring drought continued against Luton (Picture: Getty)

Erik ten Hag is confident the Premier League goals will soon flow for Rasmus Hojlund after the £72m summer signing endured another difficult afternoon against Luton Town.

United ultimately recorded a narrow 1-0 win over the relegation battlers thanks to Victor Lindelof’s second half strike, but it could and should have been a much more comfortable afternoon for the home side.

Hojlund had a golden chance to open the scoring during the early stages but saw his effort blocked at point blank range by Hatters’ goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski.

The Denmark international has been in prolific form over the course of United’s Champions League campaign and took his tally to five goals during Wednesday’s 4-3 defeat at FC Copenhagen.

Hojlund, who limped off with a hamstring injury during the closing stages, has now gone nine Premier League games without finding the back of the net but Ten Hag isn’t concerned about the form of his headline summer purchase.

Rasmus Hojlund missed a glorious early chance for Man Utd against Luton
Rasmus Hojlund missed a glorious early chance for Man Utd against Luton (Picture: Sky Sports)

‘Rasmus Hojlund has scored five times in the Champions League,’ said Ten Hag. ‘He has the confidence and the goals will come.

‘It would be better for composure, for the calmness, for the manager, the coaches and the team if we score early on, but if you don’t you have to keep going.

‘I have to compliment the team that they kept going, kept organised and didn’t give anything away.’

On the significance of a much needed win, he added: ‘It is a good day. We needed the win and we got it but we could make life more easy by scoring early on and getting a second.

‘We created the chances but we didn’t score apart from one. I am happy with that and I am happy with the clean sheet. We had many chances before half time and you should net one of them.

‘After half time, get the second and then the game is gone. Now you keep them alive and they can get an equaliser from balls dropping in the wrong place.’

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