TNews - The eagerly awaited debut of Manchester United's new signing, Rasmus Hojlund, turned into a bittersweet moment for the Red Devils as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
Hojlund, the Danish striker who was acquired from Atalanta for a staggering £72 million, made his first appearance for Manchester United in the fourth week of the Premier League. He entered the pitch as a substitute in the 67th minute, replacing Anthony Martial, in a bid to inject fresh energy into the struggling United side.
However, the match didn't go as planned for Hojlund and his new team. Despite showing glimpses of his talent with his speed, strength, and ability to hold the ball, Manchester United was unable to overcome Arsenal's resilient defense. Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored late goals in injury time, sealing a 3-1 victory for the Gunners.
Manchester United's start to the season has been marked by inconsistency, with two wins and two losses in their first four matches. Fans and pundits alike had hoped that Hojlund's arrival would provide a much-needed boost to the team's attacking prowess.
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, who now serves as a football pundit, had positive words to say about Hojlund's debut. Neville noted that Hojlund's presence as a pure center-forward was something the team had been missing for a long time.
"Manchester United haven't had a pure centre-forward for a long time. (Cristiano) Ronaldo is not a classic target-man, (Anthony) Martial and (Marcus) Rashford are not either. So, Rasmus Hojlund brings a refresher," Neville stated.
Neville further praised Hojlund's performance, highlighting his speed, strength, and ability to create space for other Manchester United players. He expressed optimism that Hojlund would continue to develop and make a significant impact on the team.
"It looks like he will shock a lot of people. He gives a glimmer of hope for Erik ten Hag's team," Neville added.
While Hojlund's debut didn't result in a victory, Manchester United supporters are holding out hope that his sharpness and aggressiveness will be key assets for the team in future matches. The Red Devils will look to bounce back after the September international break when they host Brighton at Old Trafford on September 16.