Rasmus Hojlund on verge of making history after Aston Villa goal as £72m Man Utd striker finally finds his form

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RAMSUS HOJLUND is on the verge of making history after finally discovering his goalscoring form for Manchester United.

The Danish striker joined the Red Devils from Atalanta for £72million during the summer transfer window.

Rasmus Hojlund continued his red-hot form against Aston Villa

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Rasmus Hojlund continued his red-hot form against Aston VillaCredit: AP

He scored five times in the Champions League group stages for them but struggled domestically and faced fierce criticism for failing to get off the mark in the Premier League.

United legend Paul Scholes even claimed that he was “lucky to be on the pitch” due to his barren run but Hojlund finally broke his 15-game duck on Boxing Day.

He has produced some red-hot form since then with five goals in six games in all competitions after scoring the opener against Villa on Sunday.

That goal in the 2-1 victory at Villa Park made him the second-youngest player to score in five consecutive Premier League games at the age of 21 years and seven days.

Arsenal and Chelsea legend Nicolas Anelka is the only player younger than Hojlund to achieve the feat.

Now the Dane will create his own chunk of history if he scores next Sunday when United head to Luton Town in their next top-flight game.

Newcastle midfielder Joe Willock currently holds the record for being the youngest player, at the age of 21 years and 272 days, to score in six straight Premier League matches.

But Hojlund can smash that should he find the net at Kenilworth Road next weekend – although Luke Shaw may miss that game through injury after the defender was forced off against Villa.

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Meanwhile, United legend Roy Keane said he had seen a sharp improvement in the forward over recent weeks prior to the Villa game.

When asked if he the big-money buy was now starting to deliver, Keane told Sky Sports: “Absolutely. What every striker needs is a few goals to get that confidence, that belief, and he has got that over the last four or five games.

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“He looks a different player. He looks strong, aggressive, he’s taking his chances, he’s got the desire to score a goal and if you look at him, he is a big, strong boy.

“I think it was tough when he first came to the club. If you think about it, he arrived on the back of an injury and he came into a United team not playing with any great belief and they weren’t creating that many chances for him.

“But he has turned that around in the last few weeks through hard work and a bit of desire.

“His confidence [has improved]; when you put the ball in the back of the net, it just lifts it. If United want to get in the top four or five, then he has to continue scoring goals.”





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