Manchester City starlet Oscar Bobb believes his club’s Premier League rivals Manchester United have an ‘incredibly good’ talent in their ranks in teenager Isak Hansen-Aaroen.

Has there ever been a more exciting time to be a fan of the Norwegian national team? If the present looks bright – the emergence Martin Odegaard and Erling Haaland meaning the Scandinavian nation have two genuinely world-class talents in their ranks – then the future feels positively gleaming.

Odegaard and Haaland are still a long way from their peak, after all. And, in Isak Hansen-Aaroen and Oscar Bobb, two of the most exciting up-and-comers in the Premier League have Norwegian passports in their pockets too; the baby-faced duo looking to force their way into the first-team picture at club level over the next few months.

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Manchester United are excited about Isak Hansen-Aaroen

Hansen-Aaroen was singled out by Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag in pre-season, showcasing his guile and craft with a gorgeous assist against Leeds United.

Bobb, meanwhile, was handed his Premier League debut by City counterpart Pep Guardiola during the recent 5-1 hammering of Fulham, playing a key role as compatriot Haaland completed his latest hat-trick in stoppage-time.

“I am very happy with him,” Bobb tells VG of his Norway U21 team-mate Hansen-Aaroen. 

“He is one of the best friends I have now, and he is going to be an incredibly good footballer.” 

Hansen-Aaroen is refusing to rule out a loan spell away from Old Trafford, with regular first-team football in the former Tromso whizzkid’s sights. The velvet-footed 19-year-old also insists that he will be ‘ready’ should Ten Hag decide to call on him, Hansen-Aaroen looking to emulate Alejandro Garnacho’s immediate impact for the Red Devils.

‘He is very comfortable’

“He had a good pass on the first goal,” Ten Hag told the Man United website of Hansen-Aaroen after that 2-0 win over Leeds in Oslo.

“You can see that he is very comfortable with the ball. He also had some nice jabs (passes) and showed good vision.

“He is, of course, a young player. (Hansen-Aaroen) has some small things to work on. But we want to tell him that, show him and then work with him to get the right movements.”

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