Why Rasmus Højlund Could Be The Perfect Fit for Manchester United
Manchester United are in desperate need of a striker this summer and Atalanta’s young Danish wonderkid could be the answer to Erik ten Hag’s problems.
Rasmus Højlund signed for Serie A side Atalanta last season from Austrian club SK Sturm Graz. In his first season in Italy, the 20-year-old managed nine goals in 32 appearances as well as six goals in just four European Championship Qualifying games for Denmark.
It is clear that Højlund is a top target for the Red Devils and the Dane seems keen on a move to Old Trafford this summer despite interest from PSG.
However, United seem reluctant to meet Atalanta’s current asking price which is around the £60 million mark as negotiations are ongoing.
With United seemingly being priced out of deals for the likes of Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen this summer, Højlund would be a younger, cheaper option and is still relatively unknown.
Many similarities have been drawn between Højlund and Manchester City’s Erling Haaland. Both are similar in height and physique, both are left-footed as well as dangerously quick and strong.
With Cristiano Ronaldo and Wout Weghorst both leaving United in recent times and doubts over Anthony Martial’s fitness, Erik ten Hag is looking for a consistent focal point striker who can lead United towards a title charge next season.
Rasmus Højlund is a raw and young talent that with the right level of coaching could become one of the top strikers in Europe.
He is very clinical in front of goal and has a good understanding of the game which will allow him to be involved in build-up play for United as well as being in the box to score goals.
Højlund also has the capabilities to play in wide areas, however, it is unlikely we will see him there given the desperation United have for a number nine and the amount of wide options currently available for the club.
It certainly seems as though Højlund could be a very good option for United despite the risk that comes with signing such a young player who has only played a season in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
Going down the route of youth will please many Manchester United fans though. Many aging, high-profile strikers have been signed in the last decade and have failed to live up to the standard that is expected in leading the line for the Red Devils.
Whether Højlund signs for United or not, it seems as though a bright future at the highest level in Europe will be on the cards at some point in the near future for the Danish striker.