Manchester United youngster Hansen-Aaroen compared to Lionel Messi by teammate

Isak Hansen-Aaroen played one of his best games in a Manchester United shirt as the Red Devils under-18s side beat Wolves in the FA Youth Cup semi-final.

Hansen-Aaroen provided the assist for United’s first half opener with an incisive defence-splitting pass Bruno Fernandes would have been proud of.

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The Norwegian was part of an impressive three-man midfield along with Dan Gore and Kobbie Mainoo, which certainly offers United plenty of hope for the future in a position where the club have lacked strength in recent seasons.

There is a long way to go yet, but Hansen-Aaroen and co are progressing very nicely indeed.

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Despite Alejandro Garnacho’s invitation to Argentina’s international squad this week, it was Hansen-Aaroen whose performance elicited a Lionel Messi comparison.

Teammate Sam Mather, who provided the assist for United’s second, left a message on Hansen-Aaroen’s Instagram page after the win which had just one word: ‘Messi’.

Hansen-Aaroen’s slight frame, technical skills, and ability to influence games certainly bear some resemblance to the PSG star – and if he becomes just half as good, he will have done alright.

Comparisons to encourage each other like this have been made previously amid this confident Manchester United under-18s side.

After the earlier round win over Everton, midfield ace Dan Gore compared Alejandro Garnacho to Cristiano Ronaldo.

And after last night’s semi-final, defender Tyler Fredericson left a message on midfielder Kobbie Mainoo’s Instagram page which read ‘Wow Paul’, seemingly a comparison to 2011 Youth Cup winner Paul Pogba.

These lofty comparisons among friends will encourage each other, but these United players will also realise they have a great opportunity to now write their own path.

They are now into United’s first FA Youth Cup in a decade, and whatever happens in that match, they have all done each other proud and marked themselves out as players to watch, with real potential to go on and make it into the first team in the years to come.

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