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September’s Player of the Month: Magnus Eikrem

Posted by nickogs20 on October 6, 2009

There may have only been two competitive reserve matches in the calendar month, but those were enough for one of the second string to earn our award. Continuing the distinctly Norwegian theme of the past few weeks, the United Youth Player of the Month for September 2009 is Magnus Wolff Eikrem.

As was the case last month, it was a close-run thing between Eikrem and his compatriot Joshua King, with the 19 year-old playmaker from Molde this time getting the nod. Magnus followed up a goalscoring, match-winning display in the home victory over Wigan with a creditable performance as the Reds were beaten by Liverpool at Prenton Park, form that earned him both a first team squad number (42) and a place on the bench as United opened their Carling Cup defence against Wolves. Reserve team boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken of Magnus taking a huge step forward over the summer, and that has certainly been evident in the first couple of months of the season.

As mentioned, it was a close run thing between Eikrem and August’s POTM King. Joshua’s impact when introduced from the bench against Wigan can’t be understated, and he was another to stand out in what was a disappointing team showing on Merseyside. Like his countryman, fine form for the reserves earned Joshua a squad number (41), and he went one better when Wolves came to OT, making his first team debut from the bench and catching the eye with a lively cameo.

With the Under-18’s going through the month unbeaten, naturally there were some contenders from Paul McGuinness’ group as well. The central midfield partnership of Etzaz Hussain (another Norwegian…) and Ryan Tunnicliffe stood out with consistent and commanding displays in the centre of the park, while Robbie Brady, John Cofie and Zeki Fryers all impressed.

The Carling Cup tie against Wolves thrust another couple of youngsters into contention also – Danny Welbeck made a crucial impact with the winner that night, while Ritchie de Laet once again stepped into the first team without missing a beat and really furthered his cause.


As ever, we’d love to have your input – please take a moment to choose your star of the United youth setup for the month of September. Last month, you resoundingly agreed with our choice of Joshua King as August’s standout player, with the Norwegian recieving 64% of the 250+ votes cast, comfortably ahead of Magnus Eikrem on 21%.


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7 Responses to “September’s Player of the Month: Magnus Eikrem”

  1. mylo said

    what is the update on Davide Petrucci? is he still injured? I had hoped to see him fighting for a carling cup place this season?

  2. Liam said

    Im surprised you didn’t give Morrison a mention when going through academy players. He does overdo things sometimes but for me he runs the show at academy level.

  3. chmielu said

    Mylo – petrucci is injured, groin on something like that

    anybody knows what happened with mcginty? did he fall down from u18, he aint on manutd.com and he doesnt play. and we bought pogba and fornasier so there’s no place in defence

  4. nickogs20 said

    McGinty has been on international duty. Pogba is a midfielder anyway.

  5. […] med mannen som sänkte city om målskytte. ¤ The Times om Uniteds passningsgeni Paul Scholes. ¤ United Youth utser norrmannen Magnus Eikrem till september månads spelare. ¤ Andy Mitten är i mitt tycke […]

  6. nelig said

    morrison definitely runs the show at academy level. wikipedia says mcginty and others academy status is still unkown. eikrem and king and have been a different class this season. both put in alot of work in the gym over the summer and it shows.

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