After seeing his Manchester United gamers battle to seek out the again of the web in his first season in command of the membership, supervisor Erik ten Hag determined fairly early on that the membership wanted to recruit an elite striker in the summertime switch window.
Reportedly, Ten Hag’s first desire was signing Tottenham Hotspur’s report goalscorer Harry Kane however ultimately, financial points meant the deal was deserted because the Englishman headed to Bayern Munich as a substitute.
United ended up taking a danger and opted to signal Atalanta’s wonderkid Rasmus Hojlund, a self-confessed United fan, for large cash and the participant was elated to be becoming a member of his dream membership.
That gamble has actually paid off within the Champions League with the Dane at present the highest scorer in Europe’s elite competitors with 5 objectives in 4 video games.
And in even higher information, the striker has simply been nominated for Denmark’s Participant of the Yr award and has been joined by his Premier League compatriot Joachim Andersen and Barcelona star Andreas Christensen as fellow nominees.
“In Denmark, we’re gifted with numerous wonderful footballers. However within the football yr 2023, three of them stand out particularly.
“As a result of in accordance with the gamers – the true consultants – Joachim Andersen, Rasmus Højlund and Andreas Christensen have been extraordinary.
“And that’s the reason the three nationwide crew gamers have been nominated for the award as Male Soccer Participant of the Yr 2023,” the official web site for the awards introduced.
It has been a meteoric rise for the 20-year-old who simply over a yr in the past was enjoying within the Austrian Bundesliga for Sturm Graz.
In little over a yr, he signed for Atalanta, the place the København-born star scored ten instances and earned himself a transfer to the Theatre of Goals.
His type for his nation has been the stuff of desires. In 2023, the participant kickstarted proceedings with a hat-trick towards Finland of their Euro qualifiers.
In eight video games this calendar yr, Hojlund has scored seven instances and offered one help in eight video games and has already grow to be his nationwide crew’s talisman.
The Danish gamers will select who wins the Participant of the Yr award on January 6. The prize is awarded by the Gamers’ Affiliation and DBU in collaboration with Hessel HiRE.
Present United star Christian Eriksen has gained the award 5 instances, essentially the most in Danish historical past.