Manchester United to beat Arsenal in race for teenage sensation?

Manchester United may have netted 15-year-old goalkeeper after the player, wanted by Arsenal and Everton, reflected positively on his trial there.

Sarpsborg 08 goalkeeper Kjetil Haug, 15, has been on trial at Manchester United, was taken under the wing of Anders Lindegaard, had lunch with David Moyes and even described himself as a supporter of the Old Trafford club.

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The news will be a blow to a number of other Premier League clubs who had been monitoring the development of the shot-stopping phenom, such as Arsenal and Everton, as it seems like exchanging contracts with Haug is now a mere formality for Moyes.

Reflecting on his trial period, Haug said, as quoted by Daily Star: 'I talked a lot with Anders Lindegaard. He gave me lots of good advice about a possible transfer. It was very interesting and helpful. We also had lunch with several other United players and David Moyes. Moyes sat down next to me. It was very fun.

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'It was very special to be on trial at United since I am supporter myself. United is in that respect very well received when I decide on my future. But that they are closest to my heart does not mean anything.

'The most important thing is the sporting challenge and the entire package that the club offer me.'

Haug has been likened to legendary United glovesman Peter Schmeichel, a Champions League winner with the club in what was his final season: 'It's quite special to be compared to one of the best keepers in the world ever… he is one of my biggest role models.

'I'll be careful not to say too much about the similarities between us, but there are some. I have a physical style to my play as did Schmeichel but there is obviously a long way to go before I get on his level.'

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