Jens Petter Hauge has been one of the standout players for FK Bodø/Glimt (yes, it should be put that way) in the ongoing domestic campaign in Norway.
The winger has eight goals and seven assists in 12 appearances, and his ability to score and create chances for his teammates has caught Manchester United’s attention.
According to Norway’s Eurosport, United scout Tommy Møller Nielsen watched the 20-year-old in action in his side’s 2-1 victory over Sandefjord on Sunday.
It was the second time Nielsen has watched the Norway U21 international. The Red Devils representatives had also watched Erling Haaland during his time at Molde.
Even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side missed out on signing Haaland, Eurosport state United ‘may be sniffing to bring’ Hauge to Old Trafford.
After the tie, Eurosport interviewed the player and asked him about Nielsen’s presence in the stands.
Responding to that, he said: “It wasn’t my best game today, unfortunately. It’s a bit boring that he saw this match, but let’s hope he liked what he saw.”
The wideman supports Chelsea, and when asked if United are the wrong team for him, Hauge said: “…all the teams in England are interesting. You have to put away your favourite team when it comes to your own career.”
Dagbladet has relayed more comments Hauge made to Eurosport over the weekend.
“If that’s right [United scout watching him], then it’s very positive. But it’s not something I can go around thinking about, because then my performance will drop,” he added.
“I have to focus on delivering. I will of course be very flattered if this is true, but I am now concentrating on performing with Glimt.”
When asked if a move to United interests him, the Norwegian said: “It’s quite clear. When a club like Manchester United comes on the field, it will always be interesting.”
Meanwhile, Tommy Møller Nielsen has refused to comment if he was there to watch Jens Petter Hauge.
“As Manchester United’s senior scout, I have a responsibility to keep up to date with what is happening in Scandinavia. Jens Petter Hauge plays, yes, but so do the rest of the players on the pitch. I check out all the players,” Nielsen told Dagbladet.
Thanks to @RonnyS0L for the heads up.