As it had been speculated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be taking Magnus Eikrem with him back to Molde.
The young midfielder could be set to rejoin his hometown team after playing his and Ole’s last game for United’s reserves, a hammering 5-1 victory over Newcastle on Thursday night.
The positives from this is that he will likely get the game time he needs to develop properly and if he does go on to become the player that many feel he will, United will be at the front of the queue for his signature.
The news broke yesterday and was at first regarded as just rumour but has picked up momentum with Norwegian station TV2 Sporten running with the story.
The captain of the second string was reported to have said his goodbyes at Carrington yesterday but also saying he would see everyone in February, the same month we have signed up to play a friendly with Molde behind closed doors at Carrington.
TV2 Sporten 2 are claiming that only formalities remain ahead of him signing and that Eikrem, whose contract expires in the summer, will make a million kroner a year working under Ole.
Again at the moment nothing has been confirmed but it will be a massive disappointment to lose a very talented player. I’ve chronicled Eikrem for a while now on various sites and was confident that he would be able to make the step up into the first team as did many others thus the news will have come as a shock.
When more news becomes available I’ll be blogging about it.
we cant let eikrem go, i really want to see him have a good stint in the first team first. I watch the reserves every week and he is the best player every week. with a little more physical work and a bit more tracking back i think he could be the real deal.
If we let him go I’d be gutted and begin to loose faith in the academy.
Gutted is d word. WTF AND OMG
Not too arsed to be honest, we’ll probably get first dibs for him and to be fair Ryan Tunnicliffe looks a lot better.
Seriously? Tunnicliffe better than Eikrem? First time I have heard that opinion. Different kinds of midfielders to be fair, I’m intrigued, why do you think this?
Tunnicliffe seems more of my style of player, stronger, makes charging runs through the park, never gives up, is never scared to put a foot in despite his age, deceptively fast, can pass the ball and is a goal threat.
He’s got all the attributes to make at the top level.
I’m not saying Eikrem is dross, far from. He can pull off some magical tricks and flicks but my concern is he might not be quite as complete physically as he should be. On the ball he does look very talented picking out quality passes but when the challenges come in hard he always comes out worse whilst Tunnicliffe gets back up and really gets stuck into his opponents.
I think Tunnicliffe sums up the English midfielder tough, hardworking, talented, loves to get forward and causes the opponents trouble.
Also if Tunnicliffe is three years younger and English, its worth investing in a local lad.
Make some very good points there Pez. Tunnicliffe is a good player just never really looked at him in comparison to Eikrem. I think they are both good players and can both have good careers in the game.
Tunnicliffe is more of a high energy box to box midfielder whereas eikrem is a conventional deep lying playmaker..They actually make a very good midfield combo..You could have picked out morrison to compare with eikrem, tunnicliffe will have to fight it out with pogba..Or in a three man mid morrison could play ahead of a tunnicliffe and pogba..If they all fulfil their potential, that would be an epic midfield:)
I like Morrison on the wing to be honest, his creativity and ability to score goals is outstanding for his age, i think in the first team he’d struggle to be as effective in the middle as he would on the flank
We’ll have to see what develops, and if there’s a buy-back clause then there’s not much concern. However, when does the Norweigan season run? If I’m not mistaken, I thought it doesn’t start till spring, so it makes little sense in sending him off at this point.
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