Early Hojlund double seals Man Utd victory at Luton

Rasmus Hojlund, aged 21 years and 14 days, is the youngest player to score in six consecutive Premier League matches

Rasmus Hojlund scored for the sixth successive Premier League match as Manchester United survived a display of fierce determination at Luton Town to stay in the fight for the top four with a win at Kenilworth Road.

United s £72m summer signing Atalanta have gone on a red-hot streak after early struggles in front of goal, scoring twice in the opening seven minutes to earn a fourth successive league win for Erik ten Hag’s side.

The 21-year-old pounced on Amari’i Bell’s mistake after just 37 seconds to round keeper Thomas Kaminski and score, adding a second in the seventh minute to instinctively deflect Alejandro Garnacho’s shot into the net.

Luton Town responded in a boisterous atmosphere with defiance and character, with Carlton Morris quickly giving the Hatters hope with a header, while United struggled to cope with the home side’s intensity, especially in the first half.

United lost defender Luke Shaw to injury before the break, with Harry Maguire and Casemiro also leaving at the break, but despite Luton’s efforts in the second half it was the visitors who created the better chances, with Kaminski denying Garnacho, Rashford and a Hojlund. hat trick.

However, there was another nervous moment for the visitors in stoppage time when Ross Barkley’s glancing header hit the top of the crossbar.

The win now leaves United just five points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa.

Man Utd’s young brigade is making the difference

United needed leaders to get them through an encounter that turned into an ordeal for a long time, especially in the first half, and they emerged from unlikely sources as another important three points were secured.

While experienced players such as Casemiro, who were fortunate enough to avoid a second yellow card, struggled against Maguire and Raphael Varane and were exposed to the sheer energy of Luton’s approach, it was match winner Hojlund and the outstanding 18-year-old Kobbie Mainoo who stepped up . .

Hojlund has really come to the fore in recent weeks and is now getting the goals that all his hard work – even early in the season when they were in short supply – deserved, his first a controlled piece of work and his second quick thinking, as United early on drew up. check.

The Denmark forward showed commendable hold-up play and was willing to engage physically with the Luton defense. He only managed a treble from Kaminski’s block before leaving to a standing ovation from the United support.

Mainoo, meanwhile, rose above the blood and thunder with a rare calm for one so young. United have a gem on their hands.

The visitors improved after the break and although Luton pressed, they were the more dangerous side: Kaminski and Albert Sambi Lokonga denied Rashford before a combination between the goalkeeper and Bell thwarted Garnacho.

Ultimately, Hojlund’s early goals were enough as United extended their winning run.

Hatters can still have hope

Luton lost another home game to one of the Premier League’s greats, but once again more illustrious visitors to Kenilworth Road had to fight every inch.

United joined Manchester City and Arsenal to record a narrow win, while Liverpool were held to a draw – which is no surprise considering Luton’s approach in this wonderfully hostile environment.

The Hatters could have been forgiven for thinking their day was over when they conceded two goals in just seven minutes, but thanks to the home support, Rob Edwards’ side responded superbly and got right back into it after Morris’ goal.

The reborn Barkley started confidently from midfield, while Lokonga was one of the game’s outstanding players.

Luton faded after the break but showed enough to suggest they can put up a real fight before the relegation places are decided. The standing ovation at the final whistle was worth it for their efforts.

Barkley almost grabbed a point when his header flew off the crossbar in the dying seconds, but that wasn’t to be before the battle against Luton.

Setups

Luton

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 24Kaminski
  • 15Mengi
  • 2OshoBooked at 87 minutes
  • 29Clock
  • 7Ogbene
  • 28Sambi Lokonga
  • 6Barkley
  • 45DoughyReplace withBERRYbee 82′minutes
  • 9Morris
  • 14ChongReplace withClarkbee 68′minutes
  • 10WoodrowBooked at 17 minutesReplace withTownsendbee 68′minutesBooked at 70 minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pots
  • 8BERRY
  • 12Kabore
  • 16Burke
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 18Clark
  • 23Curl
  • 30Townsend
  • 43Nelson

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Onana
  • 20Dalot
  • 19Varane
  • 5MaguireBooked at 42 minutesReplace withEvansbee 45′minutes
  • 23ShawBooked at 20 minutesReplace withLindelovbee 45+2′minutesBooked at 81 minutes
  • 37MainooBooked at 75 minutes
  • 18CasemiroBooked at 34 minutesReplace withMcTominaybee 45′minutes
  • 17Garnacho
  • 8Bruno Fernandes
  • 10Rasford
  • 11HojlundReplace withS Amrabatbee 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bayindir
  • 2Lindelov
  • 4S Amrabat
  • 14Eriksen
  • 16Diallo
  • 21Anthony
  • 35Evans
  • 39McTominay
  • 62Forson

Referee:
David Coote

Presence:
11,483

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