The worst kept secret around Manchester United is that they have desperately struggled to score goals. After this one, perhaps we can add 'can’t defend' to the ever growing list of problems.
Anyone who has watched United this season, here or on the road, has seen it. The question Erik ten Hag and his coaching staff have been wrestling with is why.
They’ve got a £72million striker leading the line in Rasmus Hojlund; they’ve got a right wing department that cost in excess of £150m and Marcus Rashford, who scored 30 goals last season, on the left.
Rashford has been unable to reproduce that form this season, and on the right wing, the absence of Jadon Sancho and Antony has added to United’s issues.
But here, in a chaotic home defeat for United, Hojlund burst into life with his second and third goals for the club to provide at least one reason to be cheerful. Here, Mail Sport takes a closer look at United’s attacking cast against Galatasaray — and where it’s gone right, or more often wrong, so far this season.
Twenty years old and leading the line for Manchester United… good luck!
Hojlund arrived here tasked with being the man to solve this goalscoring crisis. It was always going to be a huge ask.
On at Arsenal he looked to prove his strength and throw some weight around; against Brighton he saw a goal chalked off by VAR; at Burnley he struggled and in Munich he scored to give them life in the game. Hojlund was never prolific at Atalanta and is finding his feet.
What Hojlund is bringing, amid a period of time where United look utterly disjointed and ragged, is boundless energy and is running the channels to try and open up spaces for the likes of Rashford.
Here he got his reward and heeded the advice of Raphael Varane when theRead on m.allfootballapp.com