Rasmus Hojlund’s form has been the perfect Christmas present for Manchester United fans.
Despite tearing up the Champions League, it took until Boxing Day for the £73 million summer signing to break his Premier League duck, and he hasn’t looked back since.
After five goals in six games in Europe, the 21-year-old’s good work was undone and United crashed out in the group stage.
This drew attention to the lack of domestic production, which has now taken off.
In tears after scoring a winner against Aston Villa to open his Premier League account on December 26, the Dane got things going in impressive fashion.
That’s now five goals in five games as of this match, his latest helping United defeat Villa again, this time at Old Trafford.
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And he is the youngest player to achieve this feat.
He also picked up two assists during this period, while scoring 11 goals in all competitions netting his first in the FA Cup.
Yet despite early doubts about his ability to achieve this, United legend and compatriot Peter Schmeichel was not at all surprised.
He told talkSPORT: “Only two and a half years ago he was in the Copenhagen team and they brought in another striker and they told him to go back to the under-19s.
“Sturm Graz came for him and said ‘we have to give you first team football’, he took it and the first seven months there, nine months at Atalanta after that and now he’s in Manchester United.
“It went really, really fast for him, but at no point did I doubt that this boy is the real deal, he’s got everything in his locker, he’s scoring goals, his moves…
“I’ve seen this for a year now, since he came into the Danish team. You know when you see something very, very special that doesn’t come around very often? That’s what I saw in him.
Former Premier League manager Alan Pardew also admitted he is now convinced, with the talkSPORT host saying: “Everyone in the game now knows this boy is the real deal.
“It’s just my opinion that it’s still too early for him to really take on that role as Man United’s number one, but he’s achieved his goals and I hope he can kick on.”
One person who is also not surprised is his manager, Erik ten Hag, who paid the highest transfer fee of his career to bring in the Serie A striker.
“He’s a great character, he always keeps going and he always wants to improve,” explained the Dutchman.
“You see now and how much better and more stable the team is, now we serve the front line better, he started scoring and you see there is something growing with Rashy. [Marcus Rashford]Bruno [Fernandes] And [Alejandro] Garnacho, as well as other players from the second and third lines.
“He is now more able to score but I can tell you it is not easy for a striker when you have high expectations from yourself and the outside world to meet them.
“When it doesn’t work he has the character that every striker needs, he gets angry, he gets angry when he doesn’t score and that’s why we selected him, he has resilience and a calm to play under this stress, he doesn’t have any. In moments when he feels like giving up, he continues.