Manchester United Under-19s and Under-23s managers Neil Wood was delighted with Isak Hansen-Aaroen’s efforts as his side defeated BSC Young Boys Under-19s at Leigh Sports Village Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Charlie McNeill stole the headlines with a goal and an assist through the game, and his manager also spoke on the improvement in his all-round game.
Although, when the game was at a deadlock, and entering its latter stages, it was Hansen who was the calm amongst the storm. He played an inch-perfect pass in behind to McNeill, who made no mistake one-vs-one.
It was the cherry on top of a delightful performance from the Norwegian midfielder, who was also involved in the build-up for United’s opener.
“Isak, he has those little bits of quality. He has the ability to beat people one-v-one, he’ll take the ball in the game and dribble or a nice touch off his back foot which is really smooth and I think that really stands out.” Wood proclaimed when talking to UtdDistrict after the match.
The 17-year-old has moved up from Neil Ryan’s Under-18s side, where he was a standout player last season. With only 10 appearances so far this season, Hansen is beginning to pick up speed as the season goes on.
“He’s found it difficult adapting to the 23s. He’s still very young. He’s had a little bit of time off with injury, a bit of a disrupted season.
“The last couple of games, he’s started to really show the quality that he has. He’s got some consistency.”
Known for his ability on the ball, Wood also complimented his midfielders workrate throughout the encounter against Young Boys. Something that first-team manager Ralf Rangnick would’ve loved to hear.
“As you could see out there today, the fitness of him… I mean, he was [still] running in the 97th minute. He was still going. We’re really pleased with his development at the moment.”
Hansen was not eligible to join the Champions League squad due to not being at the club long enough. However, the talent that he possesses makes it seem that it will be when he makes his first-team bow, rather than if.