Thursday, September 7, 2023

Rasmus Hojlund details first phonecall he made after learning Manchester United’s Champions League opponents

Rasmus Hojlund has revealed he made an immediate call to his twin brothers at FC Copenhagen after Manchester United drew them in the Champions League.

The Man United striker used to play for Copenhagen, coming up through their academy, and is also the city of his birth.

Hojlund played for Copenhagen as a teenagerGetty

He moved on to Austrian side Sturm Graz, then joined Atalanta and is now at Man UnitedAFP

His younger brothers, though, are following in his footsteps and have recently made the jump to the first-team together.

Twins Oscar and Emil have high hopes of following their older sibling’s career trajectory, which has taken him to Old Trafford.

But in a remarkable coincidence, they will meet in the third round of games in the Champions League group stage. The two sides meet at Old Trafford on October 24 before locking horns in the Danish capital on November 8.

Ahead of the family reunion, Rasmus told Danish publication Bold.DK: “I’m really looking forward to meeting each other in the Champions League. It’s great to meet your former club.

“It’s my club at home. It’s not many times you get to meet your brothers in your career!

“I called my brothers after the draw. Our parents were a bit divided because they don’t quite know who to stick with.

“But my brothers and I were like, ‘Come on!’ We are competitive people. That’s why we are where we are today.”

Hojlund made his debut for Copenhagen at the age of 17 before leaving the club for Austrian side Sturm Graz in 2022.

Both of Hojlund’s twin younger brothers now play at CopenhagenGetty

While Hojlund has since signed for United for £72millionGetty

But he did not stay there long and was picked up by Atalanta six months later, spending a single season in Serie A before Erik ten Hag made the call.

The Dutchman had made the striker his top priority to fulfil the vacant position left behind by Wout Weghorst.

And after a £72million agreement was reached with Atalanta, Hojlund made his dream move to United.

However, he has had to wait for his debut after being ruled out for the early stages of the season with injury.

He came against Arsenal, though he could do little to prevent the Red Devils from succumbing to a 3-1 defeat.

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