- Hojlund scores twice in Man Utd’s Champions League loss to FC Copenhagen
- United throw away two-goal advantage for the first time in European top level competition
- Marcus Rashford is sent to the box
After Marcus Rashford was sent off against FC Copenhagen, Manchester United’s Rasmus Hojlund admitted that the performance of his team had not been good enough.
Hojlund’s brace had the Red Devils cruising to a 2-0 lead in the Danish capital. But things turned bad when Rashford, who was dismissed just before half-time for violent conduct, left the field.
United conceded 2 goals just before halftime and Bruno Fernandes recovered the lead with 20 minutes left. However, Copenhagen emerged as 4-3 champions after a collapse in the final few minutes. This pushed the Red Devils down to bottom place of the Group A.
Hojlund scored two goals in the first half of the match, his fifth and sixth Champions League goal for the year. He is tied with Alvaro Morato as the player with the most goals from the competition 2023/24. But he chose to ignore his personal goals when analyzing the match with CBS Sports.
Hojlund said, “Disappointed that we were able to turn it around following the red card.” It’s not a good feeling.
We need to improve. “We worked hard to stay away from them after (the third) goal and try to keep the ball out of the net. But we have to be better.” In a match like this, we can’t allow them to come back!
Erik ten Hag issues instructions to late substitute Mason Mount / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages
The system they used to get the men up and moving forward worked.
Manager Erik Ten Hag shared Hojlund’s disappointment, and cited Rashford’s red card for the turning point of the match.
The Dutchman stated, “We’re very disappointed. We played really well.” We started off the match so well. The best moments of the season. The red card is the difference between winning and losing.
It’s just a game. We didn’t do everything perfectly, but I would say there were many positives. We dominated the game even with just ten players. “We played well.”