Manchester United vs Newcastle United: What did Erik ten Hag say about Rasmus Hojlund’s performance?

The Red Devils matched their in-form visitors toe-to-toe despite fielding a largely changed line-up due to injuries.

Rasmus Hojlund in a file photo; Credit: Twitter@ManUtd
By Karthik Raman | May 16, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Manchester United ended their recent winless run by registering an important victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League. The Red Devils matched their in-form visitors toe-to-toe despite fielding a largely changed line-up due to injuries. In the end, goals from Kobbie Mainoo, Amad Diallo and Rasmus Hojlund helped the home side register an impressive yet hard-fought 3-2 win over Newcastle in their final home game of the season.

One of the notable decisions on the night was not to see Rasmus Hojlund start for Manchester United. However, the young striker came from the bench to score the crucial third goal. Speaking about Hojlund, Erik ten Hag, quoted on the club’s website, told the official broadcasters, “I think he needs some rest so he keeps fresh. But I also know strikers, they live for goals. They are very important for him, his confidence, and I’m really pleased he scored his goal.”

The manager then spoke about another goal scorer Amad Diallo, as he praised the youngster’s contribution. “It was a brilliant goal by Amad. You see how young players are developing, like Amad, and I was really pleased with his performance and it was a great goal. He is very good. He has high potential. He is a symbol for the season as he had a bad injury. He fought himself back and had to wait long for his chance and, on Sunday, and also tonight, he was very good,” he elaborated.

‘I was pleased we got it over the line’

After Man United threw away leads in recent weeks despite being in winning positions, the three points on Wednesday night pleased ten Hag. “It was nervous but I thought it was a foul [on Jonny Evans, when Hall scored] but that sums up our season. We had it so often, leading but give it away, and we had some really poor decisions go against us. Today, I was pleased we got it over the line. So we had, in the last month, many games where we couldn’t put it over the line but it was also to do with our back four. We didn’t have options there and also not to sub on but, today, it was very good that we can being on Licha Martinez, an experienced player. He’s a warrior who helps the team in such difficult moments,” he explained.

The Dutchman further stressed on the importance of the win and praised the overall team performance. “Every win is important. This was very important, no question. We want to give the fans also something and I’m very pleased with that. I was pleased with the performance of the team, we matched Newcastle’s physicality and also played some good football. Of course, we are in that together and the fans remained always with us. They stuck with us. We are very pleased they did this. We wanted to pay them back. They were fantastic, great goals but it was also a team effort, how we made the goals,” he added.

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