Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Rasmus Hojlund can be an ‘Alan Shearer-type’ striker, but find it difficult to score goals because strike partners Marcus Rashford and Antony don’t provide him enough service in terms of crosses into the box.
The 20-year-old who moved to Old Trafford from Serie A side Atalanta last summer has struggled for goals, since the transfer.
He has scored three in the Champions League, but he is yet to score any in six Premier League outings, five of which have been starts.
Scholes thinks the youngster needs time to develop as he is still a young player.
“It takes a lot to fill that shirt, but he’s a very young player. He’s not got a great goal-scoring record as of yet, but he’s getting into great positions,” Scholes said on TNT Sports.
“He needs to find out what kind of centre-forward he is: is he more of a Rudd Van Nistelrooy or an Alan Shearer-type player? For me, he’s more of a Shearer, where he’s going to want balls crossed into him.
“The only problem with that is United don’t really have wide players that cross the ball – [Marcus] Rashford doesn’t, Antony tries to cut inside and shoot every single time, but [Sergio] Reguilon can cross a ball. Luke Shaw is to come back as well.
“I think he can be an aggressive centre-forward that scores those Alan Shearer-type goals, not that he’ll… well, I hope he scores as many as he did!”