Player will not play in pre-season friendly ahead of Manchester United transfer

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Manchester United target Rasmus Holjund to not play in a friendly REUTERS/Phil Noble.

The ongoing pre-season tour has certainly spelled many positives for Manchester United. However, the overwhelming negative has to be the looming absence of a proper striker at the club.

Erik ten Hag has experimented with a variety of players for that role in the games so far but a specialized striker appears to be the only solution to his woes.

This will be particularly crucial given that the rest of the team now appears to be a rich source of chances with Andre Onana‘s progressive footwork, Bruno Fernandes’ searching passes, and Mason Mount’s sparks of creativity. A good striker to finish off any opportunity that any of the above creates would be instrumental to team goals coming in plenty.

Manchester United edging closer to signing Rasmus Hojlund

In that respect Rasmus Hojlund has been the most persistent link for the club. It is understood that a personal terms based agreement is already in place and now it is mainly up to the clubs to chalk out a promising transfer.

In what can certainly be viewed as a promising indicator of the youngster’s transfer to Man United, the Atalanta forward has been left out of a friendly match against Bournemouth.

Such a move is common when clubs are at advanced stages of a deal over a player and do not wish to risk anything going wrong. 

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Prior rumours regarding the Danish international suggested that a verbal bid was made by the Red Devils and now all that remains is for the Serie A and Premier League clubs to come together and agree to the final transfer.

Fans will certainly be hoping for this deal to be done quickly. Thus far this window supporters have been spared the long-drawn transfer sagas which had become something of a staple affair when it came to the Mancunian giants.