Manchester United monitoring Norwegian prospect

On the recommendation of Molde manager and club legend, Ole Gunner Solskjaer, Sir Alex Ferguson has sent scouts to take a look at Rosenborg talent, Markus Henriksen.

Henriksen has impressed greatly over the past two years of his development, and while Solskjaer’s opinion may be biased due to his and the player’s shared nationality, his praises seem completely justified in this particular case.

The 19 year-old scored 14 goals in the 2010-11 campaign from centre midfield and despite his age, the youngster has already racked up an impressive total of over 90 appearances for the Norwegian side including Champions League and Europa League football.

His presence has become more valued at the Lerkendal Stadion in correspondence with his soaring gametime as the teenager made over 45 appearances for Rosenborg last season alone.

It’s understandable to see why Ferguson would be in the market for a young central midfielder given his current selection predicament, which sees a number of key players currently spending time on the sidelines.

Darren Fletcher is one such absence, having declared himself unfit until further notice while he battles with a stomach illness he has been carrying for the last for years.

Tom Cleverley is also out of action with an ankle injury and the club may need creative reinforcements as backup until he returns – which isn’t expected to be until February at the earliest.

If there’s any traits Henriksen does boast, creativity is certainly one of them as the starlet claimed three assists in the club’s four Champions League qualifying matches and his age of course makes him the ideal putty to add to the Manchester United mould.

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