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Norwegian wonderkid provides first Manchester United under-23 assist

Manchester United’s under-23 side were a lot more entertaining to watch than the first team this past weekend.

While that was not hard to achieve, the under-23s were packed with exciting players as they beat Leeds in a hard fought 3-2 win at Leigh Sports Village.

Amad earned the plaudits, rightly so. Coach Neil Wood called him ‘unbelievable’, per the club website after his two goals and one assist.

Charlie McNeill scored United’s other goal, netting his third goal of the campaign.

Manchester United v Leeds United: Premier League 2
(Photo by Tom Purslow/Contributor)

Isak Hansen-Aaroen delivers assist

United lined up with a midfield two of Martin Svidersky and Kobbie Mainoo, who is just 16.

This allowed Hansen-Aaroen to push forward and join a front four with Amad, McNeill, and Anthony Elanga.

The young Norwegian provided the game winning assist for Amad’s spectacular goal by picking out his teammate on the edge of the penalty area.

While Amad had plenty of work to do and executed it spectacularly, Hansen-Aaroen’s pass into him was a demonstration of his ability to pick out teamates in space.

A strong month for Hansen-Aaroen

After featuring for the under-23s in pre-season, Hansen-Aaroen suffered a setback with injury.

He played his first match of the season for the under-18s last month and provided an assist in that game, a 5-0 win over Newcastle.

Hansen-Aaroen then provided an assist in the UEFA Youth League in United’s 4-2 win over Atalanta.

Atalanta v Manchester United - UEFA Youth League
(Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

This weekend was his second start for United’s under-23 side this season and just his third in total since joining the club. Now he has his first under-23 assist.

It was interesting to see him selected in a more forward role as he is just as capable of influencing the game from deep.

United have a real talent with Hansen-Aaroen and it is great to see him making progress.

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