Man Utd icon makes bold Rasmus Hojlund prediction amid Erling Haaland claim

The young Dane endured a stuttering start to life at Manchester United but is now flying.

Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe believes Rasmus Hojlund has the capabilities to become a Premier League Golden Boot winner, pointing to similarities between the young Dane and Erling Haaland.

Hojlund is enjoying the best goalscoring form of his career at United, having netted seven times in his last six appearances across all competitions. The 20-year-old scored both goals in Sunday's hard-fought 2-1 win at Luton Town to take his Premier League total to seven for the season.

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It's still some way short of Haaland's 17 so far this season but the United striker is beginning to fulfil his potential at Old Trafford. Sharpe can see similarities between Manchester's two leading men and believes Hojlund can go on to rival the best in front of goal.

“I see them both as hungry, natural goalscorers,” Sharpe told of Hojlund and Haaland. “I think Haaland probably gets a few more chances created for him than Hojlund at the moment, but you can see that the Manchester United team are trying to work on that and they’re beginning to supply him a bit better, which we’re now seeing the benefits of. I think he’ll always score goals.

“Even after going through that dry spell at the start of the season he was still making the right runs and getting into the correct positions. We saw him break the record for being the youngest player to score in six consecutive Premier League games – I think he could smash all records in the future.

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“Without a doubt [Hojlund can win the Premier League Golden Boot]. He’s got that ability to turn a player, he’s got tight control in and around the box and he can get on the end of things too. We saw with that chested goal the other day against Luton that his reactions are really lively and he’s now starting to make the right decisions more frequently and run into the right areas. I definitely think he’s going to score a bundle of goals both this season and beyond.”

Pressure had been mounting on Hojlund last year amid a run of 14 Premier League games without scoring, following his £72million move from Atalanta in the summer. The Dane was producing in the Champions League - five goals in six matches - but struggled to acclimatise to domestic football and was evidently low on confidence.

Since netting a late winner in the Boxing Day 3-2 win at home to Villa, the Danish striker has been in scintillating form as part of a young and exciting United side. The growing influence of himself, Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo has typified the optimism surrounding what should be a bright future at Old Trafford.