Isak Hansen-Aarøen

Isak Hansen-Aarøen

Country: Norway

Date of birth: 22/08/2004 (16 years old)

Place of birth: Tromsø (Norway)

Height: 173cm

Youth career: Tromsø IL, Manchester United (since 2020)

Current club: Manchester United

Squad number: 79

Current national team: Norway U-18

Position: defensive midfielder, central midfielder, attacking midfielder

Preferred foot: right

Market value (by —

Tournaments participated in: —

Contract until: unknown

Player’s agent: unknown

Transfer rumours: —

Similar type of player: Andrés Iniesta


– passing

– vision

– technique

– ball control 

– tactical intelligence 

– teamwork 

– versatility 

– pace 

– agility

– creativity 

– defensive contribution 

– dribbling 


– needs to improve his strength to endure stronger players

– aerial duels

Style of play:

– playmaker

– versatile and all-round midfielder who can play as a deep-lying playmaker, midfield playmaker, advanced playmaker and even as a winger

– great agility, flair and coordination

– player with very good technical ability, mobility, 1vs1 short-dribbling skills, first touch, close ball control, and fast direction shifts in possession

– well-rounded, hard-working team player

– knows how to dictate tempo using his good vision, passing ability at all distances and natural technique to create dynamism on the team’s build-up process

– tactically intelligent/knows when to speed up the play with progressive passes or runs and when to slow down to retain possession

– creative at his off-the-ball movements, and likes to find the best space to receive the ball with good timings, linking up the team’s midfield and attack

– very good in combination play

– extraordinary sense of what is happening on the pitch/very high football IQ

– constantly asking for the ball and often is an additional passing option

– great composure and retention skills under pressure/press-resistant player

– above-average decision-making/very accomplished for his age

– excellent range of passing at all distances

– good reaction to the loss of the ball with good aggressive attitude and good recovery of his position/wins more than 60% of his defensive duels

– tactically astute and technically capable of playing in various tactical systems

– high number of passes and touches per game

Hansen-Aarøen stays calm under pressure, loses his markers with a great body balance and provides an assist.
Hansen-Aarøen intercepts the ball, moves forward and plays a superb progressive pass to the wing.

He is best suited to playing as:

Central midfielder in 4-3-3.



League summary (as for 15 June 2021):

1. divisjon 2020: 7 games/0 goals (Tromsø)


Isak Hansen-Aarøen is considered to be the most talented Norwegian youngster since Martin Ødegaard. Isak made his professional debut for Tromsø on 6 July 2020, replacing Kent-Are Antonsen for the last minutes of a 2–0 win at Kongsvinger in the Norwegian second division. He became the youngest player in club history at the age of 15 years and 323 days. Previously he had trials with Liverpool and Everton but joined Manchester United in August 2020. He impressed a lot for Red Devils U18s during his first season in England and is currently regarded as one of the best prospects in the academy.


“A wonderful person. A unique football talent who just loves to play football. Thank you so much for the last 10 years and good luck in Manchester United.”

(Tromsø on Instagram after Hansen-Aarøen’s transfer to Manchester United)

Football Talent Scout potential rating:


World-class potential.




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