There may be some way to go to convince everyone at Old Trafford and road to travel before a £72million outlay can be considered a steal. But with one of his best displays in a United shirt, Rasmus Hojlund offered more a glimpse of the striker he could become.
After opening the scoring with a bullet strike, Hojlund provided the assist for Marcus Rashford’s second, both goals giving United the lead. And while ultmately his efforts could not deliver the result Hojlund or United wanted this was a second consecutive home game when the Denmark international looked the part following his winner against Aston Villa.
Hojlund took just three minutes to put United in front, picking the ball up after Marcus Rashford had run into a cul-de-sac, taking two touches to shift the ball away from Cristian Romero and crashing an unstoppable left foot shot into the top corner. He was pivotal in United’s second with a deft one two with Rashford which the latter stabbed home.
And while United’s chances dried up in a second half that Spurs dominated, he proved a willing runner and outlet up front throughout. At 20 Hojlund has always looked a longer-term project yet this is a club which does not really afford anyone any time.
True he did not hit the ground running. For all that he bagged five goals in the Champions League, his returns in the Premier League stood at one before yesterday.
He arrived carrying a back injury which delayed his first start until mid September and loaded even more pressure on him than his price tag. But with two in two home games now he will be chalking off the days between now and United’s next match.
United fans have taken to the Dane given his pace and willingness to work hard for the team. Just before the hour mark Hojlund beat Micky van de Ven on the left touchline with a lovely piece of skill and charged goalwards eventually winning a corner.
As the Stretford End delivered their approval Hojlund whipped his arms to stir up the crowd further. It was passion which revealed much about his character but also the pressure he has been under to produce at one of the most demanding clubs in the world.
Yesterday was arguably his best return yet and one which suggested the significant outlay for his talent was not a mistake.