Manchester United have allowed Isak Hansen-Aaroen to join Werder Bremen on a permanent transfer.
The 19-year-old midfielder moves to the Bundesliga ahead of the January transfer window’s deadline without making a single senior appearance for United.
The move comes as a surprise for many, as Hansen-Aaroen was considered one of the United academy’s most promising prospects. The Norway Under-21 international, who moved to Manchester from Tromso in 2020, has regularly impressed for the club’s youth sides. He was one of the many highly-rated youngsters to join the club during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign.
Having seen Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo push their way into the first-team, United faithful were hoping for Hansen-Aaroen to follow their footsteps, especially after the exits of fellow midfielders Donny van de Beek and Hannibal Mejbri this month.
Some fans on X (formerly Twitter) have expressed their displeasure at Erik ten Hag and the club’s hierarchy for cutting ties with the Norwegian midfielder permanently without giving him a chance to show his talents at Old Trafford.
One fan on X wrote: “Losing Isak Hansen is so annoying, this manager really struggles to give promised chances to anyone that isn’t his 1st team.”
Another noted: “Whether you like it or not Manchester United have absolutely failed Isak Hansen-Aarøen & the club will definitely end up regretting letting him go. Ten Hag is doing irreversible damage to the club the sooner he’s gone the better.”
A third noted: “Just woken up to this. Awful, awful management from the club over the past couple of years. Hopefully there’s a buy-back and significant sell-on clause included. I have no doubt he’ll shine in Germany.”
A fourth added: “If Elanga, Garner or Amad never got a chance what makes people think Isak Hansen was ever going to?!
A fifth weighed in: “Don’t really think the Isak Hansen-Aaroen news is really on Ten Hag, more the club as a whole with a little bit of misfortune sprinkled in, he wants to be a starter and unfortunately Mainoo is more talented and we just spent £50m on Mount.”
However, a post from the Telegraph’s James Ducker suggests United had little option but to sell him. It’s understood the club refused to ‘bow’ to the young talents’ wage demands. With only five months left to run on his contract, the Premier League outfit did well to secure a fee plus add-ons by agreeing to a deal with Werder Bremen now.
Further, the deal also includes a sell-on fee as well as an option for United to match any future bid. All in all, it’s the best solution for all parties involved considering the situation.