I’m a Man Utd scout and here’s how I spot a world-class transfer – from how shy he is to how he’ll react to SNOW


MANCHESTER UNITED scout Tommy Moller Nielsen has revealed that he evaluates how a player will react to SNOW when assessing potential transfers.

The Dane, 60, has been working for the Red Devils for six years and was recently consulted regarding the signing of his compatriot Christian Eriksen.

Tommy Moller Nielsen has worked for Man United since 2016

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Tommy Moller Nielsen has worked for Man United since 2016Credit: Getty

In an interview with Danish site Tipsbladet, Moller Nielsen lifted the lid on the process that goes into scouting for United.

He said: “When we bring in a player, whether it’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Ronaldo or now Christian Eriksen, a huge amount of work is done.

“A thorough preliminary work will be done, regardless of whether it is an unknown one who is going to enter the squad or whether it is a big name. That’s how United works. Everything is analysed.

“We’re looking at what the coach is looking at. What would he like a right-back to be like? Just to take an example.

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“We also need to look at that so we know exactly what we’re going for. But it also has something to do with the attitude and the person as well.

“How is he? We need someone who can stand to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“For example, if we have a player, he’s seen by as many people in as many different situations as possible.

“It could be if he’s used to playing in a big stadium at home and then he comes to some small stadium with small dressing room and that’s something else entirely.

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“How does he react there? How’s his attitude there? How will he be if it’s snowing?”

Moller Nielsen also revealed that United’s interest in Eriksen was nothing new, and dated back to his Tottenham days.

He continued: “Our English scouts have been crazy about him for several years, because he delivers. He has a very good level.

“The better the players he plays with, the better he will be. It is clearly an important factor he has delivered over a longer period of time. It has played a role in this signing.

“Then the coach (Erik ten Hag) knows him too. During his rehab, he trained at Ajax.

“On top of being a good player, he is a likeable person who they know can take the pressure of the Premier League.

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“Everyone at the club and all the fans are very happy with the signing.”

Eriksen, 30, penned a three-year contract with the Red Devils after leaving Brentford at the end of last season.

Man United are thrilled to have signed Christian Eriksen

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Man United are thrilled to have signed Christian EriksenCredit: Reuters





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