Manchester United fans believe the club have a gem of a footballer in the form of Isak Hansen-Aarøen.
Well, the Manchester United senior team has delivered nothing but disappointment this year. However, the U23 and U18 sides have been a different story. Both have been brilliant to watch.
Last night, the U18s played the FA Youth Cup final; United’s first in eleven years. In front of a record-breaking crowd I’m pleased to report our lads put on a show. They worked hard, fought for every ball, played as a unit and performed with a passion. The first-team could learn a thing or two from these lads.
Alejandro Garnacho will (rightly) get the headlines following his brace in the final, though another player who thoroughly impressed us was Isak Hansen-Aarøen.
The Norwegian, 17, has been at United since 2020. Playing as an attacking midfielder, this young man has all the tricks and flicks in his arsenal, as we saw when he beat his man doing an elastico!
For me, what set Hansen-Aarøen apart initially was the work-rate. He was busy throughout, chasing down every loose ball, hunting for possession and making his opposite number work extremely hard just to keep ahold of the football.
Hansen-Aarøen also showed an incredible composure and technical ability with the ball at his feet. He often kept it simple, playing it out to the wings or into the feet of his striker, Charlie McNeill. The young man also showed a directness to carry the ball forward himself, gliding past Forest players with silky smoothness on more than one occasion.
If I’m comparing him to any senior player, Bruno Fernandes immediately springs to mind.
The one downside is that Hansen-Aarøen probably isn’t quite ready for the physical aspect of the United senior team just yet. He still needs to fill out and put on a bit of muscle before he’d be able to compete in that regard. Technically, though, he’s as good as anyone.
As you’d imagine, the Man United fans were quick to heap the praise on the midfielder who absolutely bossed the FA Youth Cup final last night. He was brilliant!
Check out the fan reaction to an excellent Isak Hansen-Aarøen display here:
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