Manchester United have had a rather odd start to the season so far with two wins from three games, this is an improvement on last season’s start.
This time last year, United had lost their opening two games of the season against Brighton and Brentford.
This season, United have looked a bit shaky at times but Erik ten Hag’s side’s 3-2 win against Nottingham Forest looked like a return to normality.
Despite going two goals behind, with both goals being entirely avoidable, United dominated proceedings and created chance after chance, and eventually got the winning goal.
United were, at times, camped on the edge of the Forest penalty area and one man may benefit more than most, Rasmus Hojlund.
How the Dane would benefit
United created consistent chances throughout the game, similar to the Tottenham Hotspur defeat. These chances are mainly down to Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese midfielder was superb throughout the game against Forest and capped his fine performance with the winning penalty.
The former Sporting Lisbon midfielder has created four big chances already this season but has just one assist.
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With a forward like Hojlund potentially being on the end of these chances, Fernandes may well form a frightening partnership with the 21-year-old.
The former Atalanta forward would occupy the centre-backs and would look to make runs in the channels, something that Anthony Martial struggled with during the game at Old Trafford.
United’s chance creation
Apart from the Wolverhampton Wanderers victory, United have created chance after chance but the forwards just haven’t been consistent enough.
The hope with Hojlund will be that United can convert these chances and be more consistent in front of goal.
United have accumulated the second-highest amount of expected goals so far this season with an xG of 7.4 after just three games according to Understat.com, but with just 4 goals to show for it, finishing off chances is an issue.
This issue is not a big concern for Ten Hag, creating plenty of chances can’t be a negative even if United are struggling to convert these chances.
Adding Hojlund into the attack should solve this issue of United not being clinical in front of goal.
The £64 million Dane looks set to make his debut against Arsenal, which promises to be a tough encounter at the Emirates.