Rasmus Hojlund can inspire Manchester United on an emotional night at Old Trafford
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 23, 2023 - 09:29PM
Rasmus Hojlund has scored in both United’s Champions League matches (Picture: Getty Images)

Sir ’s passing at the weekend will make ’s match with Copenhagen the most emotional of evenings.

It will also stoke up the pressure on manager Erik Ten Hag to pick up a victory in the competition after opening defeats to and Galatasaray and with the Manchester derby looming at the Emirates on Sunday, before red-hot Newcastle visit in the League Cup next week.

United have picked up form since losing to the Turkish team by registering wins either side of the international break but neither was particularly convincing.

Scott McTominay, who has never been the most prolific scorer, bagged two goals in stoppage-time to give them a 2-1 victory over Brentford and he was then on target in a 2-1 triumph at Sheffield United, with Diogo Dalot making the difference with an absolute belter.

Home fans have cheered their team to victory just twice in the last five matches at the Theatre of Dreams and Copenhagen will be no pushovers.

They drew 2-2 with Galatasaray in their opening Group A encounter after leading 2-0 with just four minutes remaining and the Danish champions led at home to Bayern before losing to a couple of late goals.

Former Ajax boss Ten Hag knows he must guide United into the Champions League knockout stages and anything but a victory will be a serious setback with half the group games gone.

Someone has to step up to the plate and start hitting some goals and the chances are it will be Rasmus Hojlund, who has scored just three times since his £72million summer move from Atalanta.

Erik Ten Hag will be under more pressure if United fail to win (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)

The Danish striker has yet to register a goal in the Premier League but he found the net in the 4-3 defeat to Bayern Munich and bagged a brace in the 3-2 loss against Galatasaray.

He’s 4/1 with William Hill to break the deadlock against his compatriots and 6/5 with bet365 to find the net at any time.

A United victory is no bigger than 4/11 with Coral, however, and given they have only won by more than one goal this season – and that was against a weakened Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup – Copenhagen +2 is worth a nibble at 5/6 in Betway’s handicaps market. A 2-1 home win is 8/1 with bet365. Rest easy Sir Bobby.

• Martin Odegaard is 11/4 to score for Arsenal in their Champions League match at Sevilla and the Gunners are 5/6 to win with bet365.

• Middlesbrough, West Brom, Portsmouth, Oxford, Bradford and Notts County form Tuesday’s Football League acca.