Gary Neville has given his verdict on how he thought Rasmus Hojlund did against Arsenal, following his introduction into the game with over half an hour to play.

The Danish forward has yet to feature for United but certainly looked lively when he came on the pitch and was keen to harangue and bully Gabriel Maghalaes any chance he got.

The forward didn’t really show the skills that United brought him in for, whether it’s his movement or his finishing but he certainly put in a shift and his big frame, at six foot 3 inches tall, makes him a tough man to defend against.

Neville, who was on commentary on Sky Sports, was keen to point out what Hojlund gives United that Anthony Martial simply can’t do.

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‘He looks like someone who could mess people about’

“United haven’t had a striker that they can hit for a long time, Ronaldo wasn’t that type of player and Martial certainly isn’t,” Neville said in the aftermath of the game on Sky Sports.

“He’s (Hojlund) a runner and he looks like someone who can mess people about. At the end of the day, he’s 20 years of age, he’s still learning the game. It’s not really fair on him to be put under this pressure.

“We’re expecting this young lad to be United’s answer to Erling Haaland. There’s lots of pressure on him, it’s a big price tag but there were certainly positives today.”

Hojlund needs to start after the international break

Following the international break, United have Brighton, Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League and Burnley, certainly a tough run of fixtures.

Hojlund, when he came on, seemed to bring the best out of others around him as that focal point who can hold the ball up and spin in behind with his electrifying pace.

The 20-year-old needs to start at Old Trafford against Brighton and hopefully carry on his promising performances for United so far.

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