Hojlund came off the bench in the second half to replace Anthony Martial as Erik ten Hag looked to find a way back into the game. Despite the loss, the 19-year-old showed some promising signs in his first appearance for United.
Speaking after the match, Neville said Hojlund could provide the cutting edge up front that has been missing. He pointed out that Cristiano Ronaldo, Martial and Marcus Rashford are not classic number nines, so Hojlund offers something different as a targetman.
While acknowledging the pressure on Hojlund given his £72m price tag, Neville was encouraged by his debut. He said the young striker looks aggressive and a good runner who will hassle defenders.
Ten Hag also felt Hojlund should have won a penalty after being bundled over in the box by Gabriel. Though United lost, the manager was pleased with their performance overall.
It was a tough debut for Hojlund against a very good Arsenal side. But Gary Neville sees promise in the Danish striker as someone who could solve United’s long-running issues in front of goal if he continues to develop.