Paul Scholes believes Bruno Fernandes must do more to help Rasmus Hojlund (Picture: PLP)
The Denmark international has shown flashes of potential since his £72million summer transfer from Atalanta, primarily in the Champions League where he has scored five goals already.
It has been a different story domestically, however, where he is yet to get off the mark and his drought continued on Saturday when he failed to convert several glorious chances against Luton.
Scholes insists Hojlund has done enough in a United shirt to demonstrate he has a long-term future at Old Trafford but believes his skipper is the key to unlocking the striker’s full potential.
He told Premier League Productions: ‘I think Hojlund, I think the kid needs help. I think Fernandes needs to get closer to him. We all know Fernandes can sit in midfield and ping balls, he can do that no problem.
‘He needs to try and form some sort of partnership with Hojlund and I think that’ll bring him on.’
Erik ten Hag, meanwhile, maintains he is confident the goals will flow for his headline summer purchase who was forced of injured against the Hatters with 10 minutes remaining.
Rasmus Hojlund missed a glorious early chance for Man Utd against Luton (Picture: Sky Sports)
‘Rasmus Hojlund has scored five times in the Champions League,’ said Ten Hag. ‘He has the confidence and the goals will come.
‘It would be better for composure, for the calmness, for the manager, the coaches and the team if we score early on, but if you don’t you have to keep going.
‘I have to compliment the team that they kept going, kept organised and didn’t give anything away.’
On the significance of a much needed win, he added: ‘It is a good day. We needed the win and we got it but we could make life more easy by scoring early on and getting a second.
‘We created the chances but we didn’t score apart from one. I am happy with that and I am happy with the clean sheet. We had many chances before half time and you should net one of them.
‘After half time, get the second and then the game is gone. Now you keep them alive and they can get an equaliser from balls dropping in the wrong place.’
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The skipper needs to step up.