A spate of injuries has left the 70-year-old with first choice midfielders Tom Cleverly and Darren Fletcher for much of the season and has turned his attentions to Nordtveit who used to play for Premier League rivals Arsenal. The 21-year-old midfielder failed to make a single appearance for the Gunners before moving to Germany with Monchengladback in December 2010.
He has caught the eye in the Bundesliga with a series of commanding displays in the heart of midfield and has been identified by Ferguson as a player who could add some steel and much needed protection in front of the back four. Nordtveit’s versatility will also be a huge bonus should the need for him to drop back into defence ever arise especially with captain Nemanja Vidic out for the season and Rio Ferdinand’s back susceptible to injury.
The Red Devil’s boss has seen his options in the centre decimated with Cleverley and Fletcher both sidelined forcing Ferguson to field defender Phil Jones and star striker Wayne Rooney in midfield. The Scot has also been unvconvinved by the performances of Anderson and Darron Gibson forcing him to beg Paul Scholes to come out of retirement.
It’s unlikely that the Norwegian international would command a large fee with Ferguson not prepared to spend big to rehabilitate his ailing squad. It’s not yet known whether United are prepared to step up their interest in Nordtveit but reports suggest they are studying closely in preparation to make a move this month or in the summer.