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Paul Merson says: Man Utd striker Rasmus Hojlund will be a superstar | Football News

In his last column, sky sports Paul Merson remembers Man Utd and Arsenal’s victories in Super Sundayand says striker Rasmus Hojlund has the potential to be a superstar at Old Trafford

‘Trust has made the difference for Hojlund’

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Hojlund put Manchester United in front at Villa Park on Sunday

I like him. He is a young boy, he is 21 years old and he plays for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

If there’s one thing you can hold back in football, ask anyone, it’s confidence.

Now he has confidence and football is about confidence. He keeps the ball well and passes it well to the wingers.

Rasmus Hojlund gives Manchester United a 1-0 lead
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Hojlund now has five goals in five games in all competitions

You start to get into the game much more and confidence increases. Those opportunities keep coming and you start taking advantage of them.

In those first 10 games, when he was without a goal, he was taking everything away. And he has it.

If that ball (for Hojlund’s first goal) at Villa came at the start of the season, he would have hit it as hard as he could. But he puts it under the goalkeeper.

He’s a good player, I think he’ll be a superstar.

‘Maguire the type of player you would want on your team’

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Gary Neville says he can’t get carried away but believes that if Manchester United can win the Champions League it will be a huge boost for the club and Erik ten Hag.

Harry Maguire was named United’s player of the match against Villa.

It was a good performance and I’m happy for him. He is a worker and risks his body. If I were playing, he’s the type of player you’d want on your team.

However, there is a fine line between centre-backs doing well and those not.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United.

Aston Villa created a lot of opportunities and if they take advantage of some of them, we will be having a different conversation.

Villa could have scored four and then we’re talking about a bad day for United’s back four. That’s how quickly things can change in football.

However, it was Maguire and United’s day.

He is a threat in both areas and what I like is that when he goes out for a corner he tries to score and have an effect on the game. Many defenders just go up and go through the motions. They only went up because the manager told them to go up.

“The forwards give United a great boost”

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Gary Neville says Manchester United are a “strange bunch” and not yet a great team, while Roy Keane admits Erik ten Hag’s side got away with it against Aston Villa

Man Utd are on a good run and have a good run of games ahead of them, but they will have to keep winning games.

Tottenham also have some good games ahead of them as this Champions League race starts to get interesting.

But like Hojlund, Manchester United are now full of confidence. Hojlund now scores goals, Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho are threats on the wing.

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Following his team’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said the victory over Villa is “huge” for United.

I still think his game management is poor. There are still times when they give the ball away so cheaply and make the wrong decisions, and that caught up with them when Villa put continuous pressure on.

When they can learn that side of the game, United will be a much better team.

They will always score goals with Hojlund, Rashford and Garnacho. They just need to keep things tight at the back because, for me, it will be very rare for them to leave the fields between now and the end of the season without scoring.

“Villa have to win again at home and quickly”

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Gary Neville believes Unai Emery is the right manager to lift Aston Villa out of their recent slump in form following their 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United.

Aston Villa played very well against Man Utd, but still lost. That’s a little worrying.

Villa created many opportunities. If they create that many in another game they will probably get the three points.

Villa will be disappointed. You can endure when you don’t play well and lose, it’s one of those things, but there’s nothing worse than playing well and losing football games.

His last five games have not been the easiest. Everton are a tough place to get to, Newcastle can beat anyone on their day, Chelsea were going to click one day and then there’s United.

It’s not like Villa have played four bottom-place teams. They’ve played decent teams and just haven’t gotten the results.

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Aston Villa manager Unai Emery says he is proud of his team’s performance, even after a narrow 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

The name of the game now for Villa is to get back on the horse, win the next game and start again. They have to quickly return to the path of victory.

When you win week after week, the players and fans would have turned up expecting to win with their 13th, 14th and so on at home.

But suddenly Newcastle did a job with them. Then Chelsea wiped the floor with them and now United has won. Villa got nervous at the end of the game.

They have to quickly return to the path of victory. They are where they are in this league because of their home record and they have to win again at Villa Park.

“Arsenal made West Ham perform: they are in this race for the title”

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win against West Ham in the Premier League

Arsenal now take advantage of their opportunities and work hard

If you want to win the Premier League, you have to recover (from defeats) as quickly as possible and they have done that. That’s what Manchester City do and they’ve worked hard and been tough to beat.

And fair play to them, they are right in this title race.

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All the angles of Declan Rice’s magnificent goal against West Ham, which completed the Gunners’ 6-0 victory over the Hammers

It’s just a huge result, it’s done a lot of good for the goal difference, if it had been Manchester City who had won today.
That 6-0 game, we would be waxing lyrical.

They literally made West Ham surrender, they turned up, started well, kept going and kept going. A brilliant, brilliant result from Arsenal.

‘The calendar could prove crucial in the title race’

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Gary Neville says Arsenal have a very good chance of winning the title if they can maintain their composure and control after big wins in the Premier League.

We still have a little bit to go before we get to the serious business of the showdown.

In my opinion, all that starts with eight games left.

Then we get back to the importance of which team plays first on the weekend. In my opinion, it plays a very important role.

Arsenal had to win at West Ham to stay where they are. It takes its toll.

We saw it a few years ago with Spurs when they were chasing Leicester. They continued playing second. Talk to Tiger Woods about match play. He wants to put his ball on the green first to put pressure on his opponent.

It makes a big difference.

‘U10 defending West Ham’

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Sky Sports News’ James Savundra and Nick Wright delve into how Arsenal destroyed West Ham in their 6-0 thrashing of the Hammers at the London Stadium.

As for West Ham’s defence, if that happened in under-10 football you’d be like, ‘Really?!’

Not approaching the Arsenal players, showing them the inside with the right foot, is poor.

I just think Arsenal made West Ham give up and that’s quite sad as a player because that’s the one thing you don’t want to do.

There are ways to lose football games, that’s a horrible way and I feel sorry for David Moyes because that’s not a Moyes team, they’ve let him down today.

They work hard and the only thing you don’t get at West Ham are set pieces, and they didn’t use them well against Arsenal.

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