Rasmus Winther Højlund (Danish pronunciation: [ˈʁɑsmus ˈhʌjˌlɔnˀ];[4] born 4 February 2003) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the Denmark national team.

Rasmus Højlund
Personal information
Full name Rasmus Winther Højlund[1]
Date of birth (2003-02-04) 4 February 2003 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[3]
Position(s) Forward
Team information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 11
Youth career
Hørsholm-Usserød [da]
Brøndby
0000–2020 Copenhagen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2020–2022 Copenhagen 19 (0)
2022 Sturm Graz 18 (9)
2022–2023 Atalanta 32 (9)
2023– Manchester United 30 (10)
International career
2018–2019 Denmark U16 10 (1)
2019 Denmark U17 5 (1)
2021–2022 Denmark U19 9 (1)
2022 Denmark U21 3 (0)
2022– Denmark 14 (7)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 18:54, 19 May 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 21:51, 8 June 2024 (UTC)

Højlund graduated from Copenhagen's youth academy, making his first-team debut for the club aged 17 in October 2020. After scoring five goals in 32 appearances for Copenhagen, he joined Austrian club Sturm Graz in January 2022. Later that year, he was signed by Atalanta for €17 million.

Højlund played youth international football for Denmark from under-16 to under-21 level. He made his senior international debut in September 2022.

Club career

Copenhagen

Højlund was born in Copenhagen[5] and grew up in Hørsholm, Capital Region.[6] He played youth football for HUI [da] and Brøndby, before joining Copenhagen's youth system.[7] He made his professional debut for Copenhagen at the age of 17 on 25 October 2020.[8] During the 2021–22 season, he made his debut in European competitions, contributing five goals in the UEFA Europa Conference League across qualification rounds and the tournament proper.[9]

Sturm Graz

In January 2022, Højlund joined Austrian Bundesliga club Sturm Graz for a reported fee of €1.8 million.[10] He scored 12 goals in 21 games across all competitions during the remainder of the 2021–22 season and the start of the 2022–23 season.[9]

Atalanta

On 27 August 2022, Højlund signed with Serie A club Atalanta in a deal worth a reported €17 million.[9][10] He scored his first goal for Atalanta on 5 September in a 2–0 away win over Monza.[11] Initially confined to a substitute role at the beginning of the season, he carved out a place for himself in the squad due to the poor form and injuries of usual starter, Duván Zapata. In January 2023, he went on to deliver several convincing performances, notably scoring four goals in four consecutive games.[12][13]

Manchester United

On 29 July, Premier League side Manchester United agreed a deal to sign Højlund from Atalanta for an initial £64 million fee plus £8 million in performance related add-ons, with the player agreeing a five year deal with the option of an extra year.[14] He was then announced officially as a United player on 5 August 2023, subject to international clearance.[15]

Højlund made his debut on 3 September, replacing Anthony Martial in the 67th minute of a Premier League match against Arsenal, which ended in a 3–1 defeat.[16] On 20 September, Højlund scored his first goal for the club in a 4–3 away defeat against Bayern Munich in the opening match of the 2023–24 Champions League.[17] In United's second Champions League fixture against Galatasaray at Old Trafford, he scored twice as United lost 3–2, and was named man of the match despite the loss.[18] On 8 November, Højlund scored twice on his return to Parken in a 4–3 defeat to his former club Copenhagen.[19] He became youngest player to score twice in an away Champions League match for Manchester United.[20] On 26 December, Højlund scored his first Premier League goal, scoring the winning goal in a 3–2 victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford.[21][22]

On 4 February 2024, Højlund scored the opener in Manchester United's 3–0 victory over West Ham United, which coincided with his 21st birthday.[23] A week later on 11 February, Højlund scored against Aston Villa in a 2–1 away victory. In doing so, he became the second-youngest player to ever score in five successive Premier League appearances, only behind Nicolas Anelka.[24] On 18 February, Højlund scored a brace in a 2–1 victory over Luton Town, making him the youngest player to score in six consecutive Premier League games ahead of Joe Willock's previous record.[25] After his performances in February, Højlund won the Premier League Player of the Month, becoming the first Danish player in Premier League history to win the award.[26] On 21 April, Højlund scored the decisive penalty to send Manchester United to the 2024 FA Cup final during an FA Cup semi-final match against Coventry City that ended in a 3–3 draw after extra time.[27] In the final on 25 May, Højlund won his first trophy with the club as he featured as a late substitute for Marcus Rashford, helping secure a 2–1 victory over local rivals Manchester City.[28]

International career

In September 2022, Højlund played his first international matches for Denmark against Croatia and France during the UEFA Nations League.[29] On 23 March 2023, he made his first international start, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 win against Finland during the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying, his first goals for his country.[30] He ended the qualification phase as Denmark's top-scorer with seven goals.[31]

Personal life

His younger twin brothers, Emil and Oscar, are both footballers with his former club, Copenhagen.[32]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 25 May 2024[3]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Copenhagen 2020–21 Danish Superliga 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2021–22 Danish Superliga 15 0 1 0 11[c] 5 27 5
Total 19 0 2 0 11 5 32 5
Sturm Graz 2021–22 Austrian Bundesliga 13 6 0 0 0 0 13 6
2022–23 Austrian Bundesliga 5 3 1 2 2[d] 1 8 6
Total 18 9 1 2 2 1 21 12
Atalanta 2022–23 Serie A 32 9 2 1 34 10
Manchester United 2023–24 Premier League 30 10 5 1 2 0 6[d] 5 43 16
Career total 99 28 10 4 2 0 19 11 130 43

International

As of match played 8 June 2024[33]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Denmark 2022 2 0
2023 8 7
2024 4 0
Total 14 7
Denmark score listed first, score column indicates score after each Højlund goal.[33]
List of international goals scored by Rasmus Højlund
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 23 March 2023 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark 3   Finland 1–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying [34]
2 2–1
3 3–1
4 26 March 2023 Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan 4   Kazakhstan 1–0 2–3 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying [35]
5 2–0
6 19 June 2023 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia 6   Slovenia 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying [36]
7 17 October 2023 San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, San Marino 10   San Marino 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying

Honours

Copenhagen

Manchester United

Individual

References

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