Rasmus Hojlund backs Manchester United to 'rise again' after defeat

Rasmus Hojlund backs Manchester United to ‘rise again’ after their dismal 3-1 defeat to Brighton… as £72m striker thanks fans for their ‘warm welcome’ after supporters booed Erik ten Hag’s decision to take him off

  • Hojlund penned Instagram post writing that his club will ‘rise again’ after defeat
  • Striker, 20, was denied his first goal at Old Trafford after it was ruled out by VAR

Rasmus Hojlund has insisted Manchester United will ‘rise again’ in an Instagram post after their 3-1 defeat to Brighton.

Goals from Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross, and Joao Pedro at Old Trafford gave the visiting Seagulls their fourth consecutive victory over United.

Hojlund made his first start for his new club after his £72million move from Atalanta. He was withdrawn in the 64th minute as Erik ten Hag brought on Anthony Martial – a decision booed by vast swathes of the home crowd.

The Danish star thought he had opened his United account but his equaliser was ruled out by VAR after Marcus Rashford carried the ball out of play in the build-up.

A defiant Hojlund wrote on Instagram: ‘We will rise again. Thanks for the Warm welcome Old Trafford.’

New recruit Rasmus Hojlund thought he had his first Old Trafford goal before it was chalked off

Hojlund says that Manchester United will ‘rise again’ in a heartfelt Instagram post 

The Dane thought he had opened his United account before his goal was ruled out by VAR

Hojlund made his debut for United as a substitute in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal before the international break.  

After the match at the Emirates, he said: ‘So proud to make my debut. 

‘Unlucky with the result today… but we will bounce back after the international break.’

Hojlund was unfortunate not to score his first goal for United in the loss to Brighton.

Rashford dribbled the ball over the byline as Jan Paul van Hecke slid in to deny the England international any space in the box. 

The forward then cut it back to Hojlund, who finished calmly only to see his effort chalked off by VAR. 

Hojlund began celebrating with his United team-mates but his joy swiftly turned to frustration.

Boss Erik Ten Hag has come under fire in recent weeks – despite his impressive efforts with the club last season – as United have only won two of their opening matches. 

United manager Erik ten Hag has come under pressure after his side’s poor start to the season

Defeat to Brighton adds to the recent chaos at United. The latest setback came at the end of a week in which United put Brazil winger Antony on paid leave to fight allegations, which he denies, that he assaulted three women, and Ten Hag banished Jadon Sancho from first-team training. 

The United boss responded to a suggestion that the club is now in crisis by saying: ‘No, but we have to be disappointed and we have to be very annoyed with ourselves because at United the demand is you win games.’ 

Asked if he is worried by the poor start, he added: ‘Definitely, that is something that bothers me. But finally it’s about character and now we have to see how strong we are and how the team sticks together and which players stand up and lead the team. We need character, belief, resilience and determination absolutely.’

Ten Hag also claimed the reaction from the Old Trafford crowd to his decision to substitute Hojlund was a ‘positive’ for the Dane.

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