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Hojlund finally works out problem after being told to confront Man Utd team-mate

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Rasmus Hojlund is finally finding his goal-scoring rhythm at Manchester United, but he’s largely doing it on his own.

Despite the presence of attacking talents like Antony, Marcus Rashford, and Alejandro Garnacho, Hojlund has had to rely on his instincts to score goals.

While ideally, he would benefit from better link-up play with his fellow forwards, recent performances have shown that his goals are coming without much assistance from them. This has been a point of concern raised by pundits, especially after former United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen criticized Antony and Garnacho for not providing enough service to Hojlund.

Meulensteen highlighted a lack of intention from the wingers to link up with Hojlund, instead preferring to create chances for themselves. This imbalance, both offensively and defensively, has been a recurring issue for United in several games.

Pundit Chris Sutton also pointed out Antony’s role in Hojlund’s early struggles, emphasizing the lack of understanding between Hojlund and the wide players on how to create scoring opportunities.

Hoijlund’s struggles with service were evident in December’s defeat to Bournemouth, with Ian Wright even suggesting he confront right-back Diogo Dalot for poor service.

However, Hojlund’s recent form, with five goals in his last five league games, suggests that he is finding ways to score despite these challenges. If he can maintain this form, it could be seen as a successful debut season for the 21-year-old.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s fresh stance on selling Fernandes after Man Utd contract demand

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe and the Manchester United hierarchy are open to offers for Bruno Fernandes as they aim to raise funds and cut wages.

Despite Fernandes’ consistent performance since joining in January 2020, financial pressures are pushing the club to consider his sale. According to the Guardian, Manchester United acknowledges Fernandes’ key role in the squad but needs to inject money back into the team and manage the wage bill.

Fernandes’ agent, Miguel Pinho, has been in discussions with potential buyers, including Bayern Munich. Although Barcelona has been mentioned, their financial issues make them a less likely option.

Fernandes, who currently earns around £220,000 a week, is seeking a contract extension with improved terms, aiming for parity with top earners like Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. Rashford’s basic salary is approximately £365,000, while Sancho and Casemiro are in the £300,000-a-week bracket. At 29, Fernandes sees his next contract as potentially the most lucrative of his career.

Additionally, Fernandes wants clarity on the club’s direction, especially with the uncertain future of Erik ten Hag, following Manchester United’s worst Premier League season. The potential managerial change could influence several players’ decisions about their futures, including Fernandes, who has emphasized the need for the club to match his ambition.

“I love to step out at Old Trafford more than anything in the world,” Fernandes shared with the Players’ Tribune. “I don’t want to leave. This has always been my ultimate dream. I just want my expectations to fit with the expectations of the club. If you go talk to any fan, they will tell you the same thing. We want to compete for the league. We want to be playing Champions League football. We want to be in cup finals. That is the standard.”

Given their significant market value, both Rashford and Fernandes could be considered for sale if substantial offers come in, especially as Rashford has struggled to maintain top form over the past year.

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Man City 1-2 Man Utd: Garnacho & Mainoo score to help Red Devils win FA Cup! (VIDEO)

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Man City 1-2 Man Utd: Garnacho & Mainoo score to help Red Devils win FA Cup! (VIDEO)

Manchester United and Manchester City met at Wembley for the second consecutive year, competing for the prestigious FA Cup title.

A win was crucial for both sides, not only for the bragging rights in Manchester but also because the outcome of the final would determine which English teams would secure spots in European competitions next season.

Erik ten Hag’s squad had a historically poor Premier League season, finishing 8th—the lowest position for Manchester United in the Premier League era—and missing out on European football for the first time in a decade.

Despite the disappointing league finish, Bruno Fernandes and his teammates knew that a victory at Wembley could partially redeem their season and guarantee them a place in European competition next season.

Here’s how Manchester United’s FA Cup win has impacted Chelsea and Newcastle’s participation in Europe next season.

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Man Utd set to ‘sack Erik ten Hag’ even if they win FA Cup final against City

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Manchester United have reportedly decided to sack Erik ten Hag regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s FA Cup final.

The Dutch coach has faced a challenging second season at Old Trafford, finishing eighth in the Premier League— the club’s lowest finish since 1990— and failing to advance in the Champions League and Carabao Cup.

Despite reaching the FA Cup final, where they will face rivals Manchester City as underdogs, The Guardian reports that United co-owners Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos have decided to part ways with Ten Hag, even if they secure a victory.

Potential replacements include Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna, Thomas Frank, and Graham Potter.

This decision marks a significant move since Ratcliffe and Ineos acquired a 27.7 percent stake from the Glazer family last December, gaining control over football operations.

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