Man Utd starlet reveals he ‘didn’t quite agree’ transfer despite ‘a lot of interest’ in his services

Joe Williams
Man Utd youngster Isak Hansen-Aaroen
Isak Hansen-Aaroen runs after the ball during a pre-season friendly.

Manchester United academy star Isak Hansen-Aaroen has revealed that there was “a lot of interest” in his services over the summer.

The Norway Under-21 international joined the Red Devils from Tromso in 2020 after having trials with other Premier League clubs, including Everton and Liverpool.

He signed his first professional contract with Man Utd in August 2021 but the 19-year-old is yet to make his competitive first-team debut.

Fellow Norwegian youth talents Antonio Nusa and Kristian Arnstad moved to Club Brugge and Anderlecht respectively at a similar time to Hansen-Aaroen’s transfer to Man Utd.

Nusa and Arnstad are now playing regularly at senior level, while Hansen-Aaroen is still struggling to make an impact at Old Trafford – but the Man Utd youngster thinks he’s taken the right career path.

Hansen-Aaroen said in an interview with VG: “A route is right for some, which may be completely wrong for others. I think you just have to sit down and figure out what’s right for you because there are different answers for everyone.”

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Alejandro Garnacho, who is the same age as Hansen-Aaroen, broke into the Man Utd first team last season and the Argentina international will be hoping for even more game time this term under Erik ten Hag.

On whether he uses Garnacho as a source of inspiration, Hansen-Aaroen added: “Absolutely. When the chance comes, you have to be ready. It can come suddenly. What I’m doing now is just making sure that when the chance comes, I’ll be ready to take it.”

There were rumours of a potential loan move to the English Championship but the Norwegian insists there was interest from elsewhere too.

Hansen-Aaroen explained: “There was talk of something different, but I don’t want to say too much about it. There was some stuff, but we didn’t quite agree.

“There is a lot of interest. If we wanted it to be a loan, I know we could go. There were slightly different things that we didn’t quite agree on.”

Hansen-Aaroen has explained how he’s had to grow up fast living away from his family, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

He continued: “You learn a lot from moving. I have learned a lot as a person. I have lived a lot alone and away from family. You learn a lot about yourself as a person. There are many in the national team who have done it. I feel we are a fairly mature group.”