I was thinking about one of the major plot points in “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) which was tracking down the Rebels and capturing Luke Skywalker.
So when the Imperial fleet attacks the Rebels on Hoth, Rebel ships of all kind are flying all over the place with the intention of regrouping later once they are safe.
Knowing this, then what was the in universe rationale for Darth Vader’s fleet focusing on the Millennium Falcon? Why would he assume that the Millennium Falcon would contain Luke Skywalker or friends that could help lead them to Luke Skywalker?
Of course for out of universe reasons, the Millennium Falcon is iconic and the ship that typically has contained the heroes of the saga. And one can assume that Darth Vader members the Millennium Falcon from the actions on Death Star. But still… It seems a bit too OCD.
Looking for an answer with clear references; canon or “Legends” please. No armchair speculation please.