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Rio Ferdinand Tells Manchester United’s Boss How To Handle Rasmus Hojlund’s Outburst

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Rio Ferdinand Tells Manchester United's Boss How To Handle Rasmus Hojlund's Outburst 

In the aftermath of Manchester United’s hard-fought victory against Fulham, Rio Ferdinand has issued a message to the club regarding Rasmus Hojlund’s on-field frustrations with being subbed off against Fulham.

Despite the Red Devils securing a late win, Ferdinand has highlighted the need for United to provide Hojlund with the service he requires, emphasizing the importance of catering to the striker’s playing style and strengths.

Hojlund, the Danish forward who is yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League, faced a frustrating outing at Craven Cottage, failing to register a single shot on target.

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His subdued performance culminated in his substitution in the 79th minute, a moment that visibly irked the player.

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Hojlund displayed his discontent as he made his way off the pitch, shaking his head and expressing his frustration as he took his place on the bench.

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While United ultimately secured the victory with a crucial stoppage-time goal courtesy of captain Bruno Fernandes, Ferdinand’s observation underscores the need for the team to integrate Hojlund more effectively into their gameplay.

Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund

Hojlund had a frustrating afternoon at Craven Cottage (Picture: Getty)

Speaking on TNT Sports, the former United defender said: ‘I wish we’d had a bit more time with Erik ten Hag [to discuss Hojlund] because he’s invested in a player we’re not seeing the best of.

‘His best attributes are not being seen because the team aren’t playing to his strengths.

‘He [Ten Hag] said in his press conferences we want to play a bit more direct with players like Hojlund and Rashford who can play on the counter. Too many times they get wide and the quality is nowhere near good enough.

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‘Antony doesn’t want to cross it, his first instinct is to see what he can do for himself. Marcus is more of a striker who wants to get on the end of things and see if he can finish.

‘When he’s making his movements the ball is being delayed and isn’t coming into the areas. He made one fantastic run in the first half and he was screaming for the ball and it ended up being a bad cross from Garnacho.

‘The sooner they get the ball in the box for this guy, he makes good enough runs. Play to his strengths.

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‘He’s not old enough to grab a few people and say get the ball into me guys. He’s not go that and I wouldn’t expect that yet. Ruud van Nistelrooy, you didn’t cross the ball for him and I see players resorted to tears because of his demands.’

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Fellow pundit Cole did not mind Hojlund’s reaction to being subbed off, saying: ‘First of all him being disappointed and growling at the manager when he gets brought off I absolutely love it because that’s what you want as a manager.

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‘You don’t want to overstep the line but you can be disappointed. He’s got to just grow into the role.

‘He’s not going to score hat-tricks week in week out, playing a bit more direct will help him. They never look forward early enough and he does make some good runs but it will come I’m sure.’

The former United defender’s comments reflect a broader sentiment among fans and analysts, urging the club to unlock the potential of their marquee summer signing and utilize his abilities to bolster the team’s attacking prowess.

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As the season progresses, United will be expected to address these tactical nuances, ensuring a cohesive approach that maximizes the talents of their key players.

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