The Stumbling Start of Rasmus Hojlund at Old Trafford
In football, some debuts are seamless, while others… not so much. Take the curious case of young Dane, Rasmus Hojlund, whose transition into Manchester United became emblematic of a series of delays, both on and off the field.
The Wait for Hojlund’s Introduction
Upon sealing what could be a whopping £72m move from Atalanta, anticipation buzzed around the Old Trafford faithful about their new signing. The 20-year-old striking sensation, often likened to Erling Haaland for his remarkable blend of height, pace, and lethal finishing, represented a statement signing for the Red Devils. Yet, the young Scandinavian’s bow in the iconic red shirt was postponed by an injury, an unfortunate souvenir from his pre-season in Italy.
However, it wasn’t just the injury that caused the delay. An intriguing subplot around his squad number unfolded. The general consensus was that Manchester United, sensing the striker’s importance, would be looking to allocate him the number 17 shirt he donned at Atalanta. This speculation only grew when Fred’s transfer to Fenerbahce vacated that very number.
Yet, in a twist, Hojlund embraced the number 11, reminiscent of his jersey choice when donning the Danish colours, following Mason Greenwood’s unexpected loan move.
An Unexpected Hiccup
The stage was set. The curtain was poised to rise on the Premier League clash against Arsenal. Hojlund, debuting from the bench, was about to be thrust into the limelight. But as the chants grew louder and the fans more restless, there was an unexpected glitch at the club shop.
As reported by 90Min, fans eager to don Hojlund’s name on their shirts faced an unexpected delay: the club shop lacked the ‘Ø’ character, quintessential to Hojlund’s preferred shirt spelling in homage to his Danish roots. It’s a minor oversight that became a significant hiccup, with a mixed message sent to fans regarding the availability of the correctly spelt shirts.
On the Field
While off-field issues have been peculiar, on the pitch, the glimpses of Hojlund’s potential have been evident. Against Arsenal, he didn’t monopolise possession but showed moments of sheer brilliance. A dazzling run, evading the Gunners’ defence, was a tantalising teaser of what’s to come, even if it wasn’t capitalised upon.
In addition, the Dane’s contribution during the international break, particularly in Denmark’s matches against San Marino and Finland, further underscored his importance in upcoming fixtures.
Rasmus Hojlund’s initial days at Manchester United have been nothing short of eventful. And while fans may have had to wait a little longer to sport his name on their shirts, the promise of what he brings to the pitch makes it all worth the wait.