Think of the number of teenagers who apply to get a trial at Manchester United and think about the ratio of those that actually succeed.
The fact Lars Troense Langgaards has even been noticed by the club is already an achievement to the undoubted talent he possesses as one of the best defensive prospects to have ever come out of Denmark.
He’s been watched by a former Sir Alex Ferguson player, Brian McClair, who seems to like what he sees so it will be interesting to see if he can do enough to earn a more permanent move to the club.
He was first spotted by United scouts playing in a Denmark Under-16 game against a team of Turkish players who were all predominantly older than he was.
He currently plays for AGF Aarhus, who have praised the way United have acted throughout the entire episode, which has been delicate because of the player’s young age and the fact he’s not based in England.
He seems to have a little bit about him; pace, strength and the ability to do just as effective an attacking role as he can do in his normal defensive position.
It’s nothing new for a club of this size to scout out some of the best young players from all over Europe, offer them a trial to take a look at them and then tie them down on a long term contract which makes it impossible for most other sides to hijack any negotiations.
He’s got potential and talent in spades, what he needs now to get himself a deal with United is to handle the pressure and just do the basics correctly during his time at Old Trafford.
It seems to have been a very closely guarded secret by United because there doesn’t seem to be an awful lot of information out there on the web relating to his career so far or his youth team development.
However, that’s typical if it was a trial requested granted by Sir Alex Ferguson, who has based his career around never giving his rivals even the tiniest advantage.
Rafael is the best example to Langgaards that he can come in, work hard in the youth teams, play consistently and eventually graduate to the first team to become a very important future in the years to come for the club.
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