Norwegian teen trio to train with United in July
Posted by nickogs20 on June 21, 2008
When United’s academy kids return for pre-season training early next month, they will be joined from July 7th by three promising youngsters from Norway. Christian Mork of Norwegian third division side Hareid and two other as-yet-unknown teenagers will make the trip over to Manchester to spend time training at Carrington with a view to potentially making a permanent move. Norwegian news outlet Vikebladet first broke the story, and united.no have recieved confirmation of the story’s validity from Hareid.
Mork is a 15 year old attacking player who has already made his debut for the Hareid first-team in Norway’s 3.Division, having been granted special dispensation by the Norwegian Football Federation to play senior football because of his obvious advanced level of ability. The youngster hails from Møre og Romsdal, the same county as Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Magnus Wolff Eikrem (although the county has three very distinct districts, and while Mork is from the Sunnmøre district, Eikrem hails from Romsdal and Ole from Nordmøre) and is a member of the Norway U16 setup.
His coach at Hareid, Andre Skotheim, describes Christian as being a goalscorer who is equally at home in a central forward role or out on the right wing. Skotheim also singles out the teenager’s dribbling ability, ball control and shooting from both long and short distances as his main assets, summarising promisingly with the statement “He is exciting, the greatest talent I’ve seen and worked with”.