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Ian Wright believes Rasmus Hojlund should be ‘pulling Diogo Dalot up in the dressing room’ after the defender failed to find him during a promising attack against Bournemouth on Saturday.
United were embarrassed by the Cherries at Old Trafford as Andoni Iraola’s side celebrated an emphatic 3-0 victory over Erik ten Hag’s men.
Hojlund’s agonising wait for a first Premier League goal since completing his £72million summer move to the club continues to drag on, with the Dane still yet to break his English top-flight duck.
The Dane was relegated to the bench against Bournemouth, with Ten Hag opting to start unimpressive Frenchman Anthony Martial in his place.
Martial was jeered off the pitch by United supporters when Hojlund was introduced in the opening period of the second half and former Arsenal striker, Wright, explained the United forward has a case for being annoyed at his colleagues.
Rasmus Hojlund’s wait for a first Premier League goal dragged on in Man United’s defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday
The Danish striker fumed at Diogo Dalot after the defender chose to shoot rather than square a pass in the game
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One huge chance has been highlighted when Bournemouth’s lead stood at just a single goal and Dalot surging down on goal after breaking down the right-wing.
Hojlund created space for himself in the middle of the box, but Dalot selfishly took on the shot from a tight angle and smashed his effort into the sidenetting.
Weight wasn’t impressed and told BBC’s Match of the Day that the Portuguese right-back had made the wrong decision.
‘When I saw it was Dalot at 1-0… Hojlund had just come on and he wants these chances. It’s good play, he [Dalot] gets in and he’s got to square it,’ he said.
‘I think that’s a total lack of respect for him [Hojlund], he doesn’t even acknowledge him.
Ian Wright believes Dalot showed Hojlund ‘a total lack of respect’ by refusing to pass
Hojlind was introduced as a second half substitute against Bournemouth but struggled to make an impact
‘He’s had a shot from the most ridiculous angle. He’s upset with himself but he doesn’t even look for Hojlund, it was a ridiculous shot and Bournemouth scored a minute later.
‘Hojlund has got to be pulling him up in the dressing room and saying “come on.”‘
The 20-year-old has endured a frustrating start to life in the Premier League, with his most recent outing taking his total wait for a first goal in the division to 798 minutes.
However, his form in the Champions League has been more impressive having already scored five goals in United’s disappointing European campaign.