Erik ten Hag backs Rasmus Hojlund over Harry Kane ahead of Bayern vs Manchester United
Erik ten Hag insists he has no regrets about not pursuing Harry Kane this summer, despite seeing the striker score four goals in his first four Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich.
Ten Hag was keen for Manchester United to move for Kane at the start of the window, but the club were reluctant to try and deal with Daniel Levy and opted to move for 20-year-old Rasmus Hojlund instead.
United paid Atalanta £72 million for the Dane who has just one season in Europe's top five leagues on his CV, while Bayern spent £86 million on 30-year-old Kane and have seen him hit the ground running in the Bundesliga.
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Hojlund was injured when he arrived at Old Trafford and has played only twice for the club, a bright cameo off the bench at Arsenal and just over an hour from the start against Brighton last weekend, but he is yet to open his goalscoring account.
Asked if he had regrets about not signing Kane, Ten Hag said: "No. We are happy with Rasmus, first game, he was injured. He played against Arsenal, he's had a start, now we have to integrate him in the team. You can see he's a big talent."
Hojlund will lead the line for an injury-hit United in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, in what will be his first game in the group stages of the Champions League.
He is likely to have little service against a free-scoring Bayern, unlike Kane who will expect to add to his tally for his new club. Bayern have scored 11 in their last four games and Ten Hag knows his players will have to stay switched on tomorrow night.
"They have very attractive players, very skilful, you can't be unfocused for one second, one split