Ex-Manchester United youngster laughs off return link

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Former Manchester United midfielder Magnus Eikrem has laughed off suggestions he could return to the club, despite the young Norwegian's star being the continual rise.

The 23-year-old joined the Manchester United academy as a teenager but failed to make the grade with the Premier League champions, and was allowed to move back to hometown club Molde in 2011.

Eikrem won two Tippeligaen titles during his time with Molde, working under former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, before he was granted a move to Eredivisie side Heerenveen in the summer transfer window of this year.

Manchester United's want for a creative influence in midfield has been well-documented but, despite his increasing profile, Eikrem is not allowing himself to dream of a potential future role in David Moyes' side.

Eikrem told Voetbal International when asked about a move back to Manchester United: "Haha, I think they have never recovered a player who they sold before. Let me first play good football for Heerenveen."

The Norway international failed to make a single senior appearance for Manchester United in five years with the club, and former coach René Meulensteen believes the club missed the opportunity to unearth a new Luka Modric by not demonstrating more faith in Eikrem.

"At United I compared him to Luka Modric, who I also find a great player. Strong on the ball, technically and tactically very good," he told Voetbal International.

"I worked quite a lot with Magnus, so I regret that he never got a chance."

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