Hojlund has been directly impacted by a lack of service throughout a poor campaign all-round for the Red Devils, scoring seven goals in 25 appearances.
The fact the Dane is Ten Hag’s most prolific scorer with that tally speaks volumes. United have netted just 24 times in 21 Premier League games, only more than Crystal Palace, Burnley and Sheffield United.
Rashford has struggled to build on his career-best 2022/23 season, in which he scored 30 times, contributing just four goals in 24 outings.
The 26-year-old has more assists (5), but Alejandro Garnacho only has two to his name. Antony hasn’t contributed a single goal or assist in 22 appearances this term.
However, ex-United defender Parker has aimed a brutal rant at Rashford and Garnacho, who appear to have formed Ten Hag’s current first-choice attack on either side of Hojlund.
“Honestly, it must be s**t to be Rasmus Højlund and play with those teammates. No strikers want to play alongside Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho,” Parker told Danish magazine Tipsbladet.
“I’ve seen that Roy Keane has said that Højlund hasn’t shown enough desire to score goals, but it must also be difficult when you never get the ball.
“However, I can see where Keane is coming from because Højlund sometimes doesn’t make the runs into the box, which is a weakness. He needs to improve on that.
“On the other hand, all Manchester United fans understand him. Why should he exert energy on it when he won’t get the ball anyway?
“I’ve said it before, but he needs to be more selfish. He should demand to get the ball every time.”
Hojlund isn’t immune from criticism and should have a slightly increased tally based on some of the chances that have fallen his way throughout the campaign.
However, despite his £72million price tag, United acknowledged that the inexperienced frontman was arriving as a raw talent needing to be carved into an elite Premier League player.
And he quite simply hasn’t had the required support this term from his fellow attackers and supposed striker competition, Anthony Martial.
With the Frenchman set to be absent until April after undergoing surgery on his latest injury and United unlikely to make a late January loan signing, Hojlund is going to have to continue going it alone for the remainder of the season.