Rasmus Hojlund news: What does the Manchester United striker like about Cristiano Ronaldo?

While Rasmus Hojlund has struggled for consistency in the Premier League, the youngster has been a bright spark for the club in the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal for Manchester United in a file photo; Credit: Twitter@ManUtd
By Karthik Raman | Nov 11, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Manchester United were in desperate need for a striker in the summer transfer window, as they explored the market for various options. In the end, the club signed promising young talent Rasmus Hojlund from Serie A side Atalanta. The Denmark international might not be experienced at this level but he has certainly shown enough promises to be one to keep an eye out after arriving at Old Trafford.

While Rasmus Hojlund has struggled for consistency in the Premier League, the youngster has been a bright spark for the club in the Champions League. He has already scored five goals in four games in the competition. Despite United’s struggles in the tournament, Hojlund’s performances has been a major positive. In a recent interview, the Danish striker spoke about a variety of topics, including speaking highly of former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rasmus Hojlund on Cristiano Ronaldo

“Cristiano has always been like my idol growing up. I always thought he was the best football player in the world and I just tried to learn from him. He is the greatest goalscorer ever, probably as well. I’ve always looked at him back in the day where he was more of a dribbler and now he’s a proper, proper goalscorer. You know he had proper talent, but he worked hard to be the best ever and I like that about him,” he told TeamViewer Diaries.

The strikers in modern game not only focus on staying in the box and scoring goals but they also have to press a lot from the front. “I think there’s a lot of things I can improve, which is, of course, a good thing because then I think I can develop into being an even greater striker than I am now. Hopefully I can just keep learning every day from the guys here, from the games and from the coaching staff,” he said.

He added: “In the modern game of football, we need to do the hard pressing as well from the front line. The game is evolving, and I learned that already in my youth years. So I’ve always been used to the pressing part. And like you said, I think it’s one of the things I do well. The boss also wants me and the frontline to put in a shift, so yes it’s good.”

‘My parents have always been very honest with us’

It is important to note that Hojlund is part of a football family. Other than him, there are also 18-year-old twins Emil and Oscar playing for FC Copenhagen. “I think you’ve got to work hard. My parents have always been very honest with us, telling us that if you want to reach the top, you’ve got to work, and telling us if we didn’t put in the work or if we didn’t perform enough on the pitch and even on how much and where we had to develop our game,” he stated.

He added: “So it was always about improving and being better and trying to reach this kind of level. And it has worked quite well so far. But yeah, we still have a long way to go. They’re only 18 and, for me, I know I play in probably the best club in the world but in my career I have so much more to achieve. So I just want to see how far I can go and try to achieve as much as possible.”

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