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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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Palmer overtakes three-season Havertz stat at Chelsea

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Palmer overtakes three-season Havertz stat at Chelsea

Cole Palmer’s remarkable four-goal performance against Everton on Monday evening has propelled him to the top of the Premier League golden boot race.

With 20 goals to his name this season, he is now neck and neck with Erling Haaland in the race for the prestigious award.

His scoring spree also highlights his incredible impact at Chelsea, as he has now scored more league goals in his first seven months at the club than Kai Havertz managed in three seasons, tallying 19 goals.

Palmer’s outstanding form has been instrumental in Chelsea’s climb up the Premier League table, bringing them within just three points of sixth place.

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‘He’s had 48 hours’ – Arsenal boss shares update on Bukayo Saka after furious penalty demand

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'He's had 48 hours' - Arsenal boss shares update on Bukayo Saka after furious penalty demand

Bukayo Saka expressed frustration at not being awarded a penalty after a clash with Manuel Neuer during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

He confronted the referee at full-time and even followed him down the tunnel, a departure from Saka’s typically composed demeanor.

When questioned about Saka’s condition before the upcoming match against Aston Villa on Sunday, Mikel Arteta stated, “Yes, he looked fine this morning.”

“He’s had 48 hours to think about it and it’s done.”

Arteta chose not to address the incident after the game, but there was a general consensus that Saka’s contact with Neuer was minimal.

Saka faced criticism for his reaction, but given the high emotions of the game, such reactions were not uncommon.

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Real Madrid 3-3 Man City: Valverde caps off evening of stunning goals in Champions League thriller (Video)

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Real Madrid 3-3 Man City: Valverde caps off evening of stunning goals in Champions League thriller

Manchester City and Real Madrid played out an enthralling 3-3 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, setting up an intriguing second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

City took an early lead through Bernardo Silva’s cleverly taken free-kick, but Madrid equalized twice with deflected strikes from Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo, which took slight touches off Ruben Dias and Manuel Akanji respectively.

Phil Foden restored City’s lead with a superb strike from outside the box, before Josko Gvardiol scored his first goal for the club with a fine right-footed shot to make it 3-2.

However, Madrid fought back once again, with Federico Valverde’s stunning volley ensuring the tie ended level.

The result leaves the quarter-final finely balanced ahead of the second leg, with City looking to replicate their 4-0 victory over Madrid in last season’s semi-finals at the Etihad Stadium.

There was a late injury concern for City as Foden hobbled off following a late tackle on his ankle, but the extent of the injury is yet to be determined.

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