Anybody who watched Isak Hansen-Aaroen in action for Manchester United’s under-18s last season knows the club have a special player on the books.

The team won 15 of the 16 league matches he played, and the midfielder was a real joy to watch.

At the weekend Hansen-Aaroen made his debut for Norway’s under-18s team.

He played all 90 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to a superior Portugal side, and managed to make his mark.

Hugely talented prospect

Hansen-Aaroen had been capped previously at under-16 level for Norway, where he had three goals in three games.

He is still just 16, turning 17 in August, and has already made his Manchester United under-23s debut.

Manchester United v Middlesbrough: U18 Premier League
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Hansen-Aaroen featured for Tromso’s first team at just 15 and even provided an assist.


Even if he begins next season with United’s under-18s, it won’t be long until he is an under-23 regular.

Hansen-Aaroen plays as a deep lying midfielder but is also capable of playing in a more attacking role.

This season it will be fascinating to watch how he develops and in 12 months time it would not be a surprise if he is in the first team conversation, because he is simply that good.

It is great to see him getting a games with his country, and he will quickly be promoted through the ranks there too, to the under-21s, and mixing with Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard in Norway’s first team.

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