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Footballers in Norway temporarily laid off due to coronavirus

Professional footballers in Norway have been temporarily laid off as clubs struggle to cope with the economic impact of the spread of the coronavirus, with the government stepping in to cover wages, players' union NISO has told Reuters.

With stadiums closed and uncertainty over TV revenues, clubs in other countries have issued financial warnings as the virus continues to spread, and Norway is believed to be the first country to announce such sweeping temporary layoffs.

While clubs in countries...

Manchester United step up interest in Norway teenager Erling Braut Haaland - sources

Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Norwegian teenager Erling Braut Haaland -- son of former Manchester City midfielder Alfie -- after watching him score all four goals in Molde's 4-0 win against Brann on Sunday.

The 17-year-old, who has also been watched by his father's former club Leeds United this season, scored four goals in 21 minutes as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team defeated Norwegian league leaders Brann.

And sources have told ESPN FC that United's Scandinavian scout Tommy Moller...

Man United face competition to sign Sarpsborg midfielder Krepin Diatta

Manchester United face competition from Europe's biggest clubs for highly-rated midfielder Krepin Diatta, according to Sarpsborg 08.

Sources have told ESPN FC that United sent scouts to watch the 18-year-old in action for Sarpsborg against Odd in Norway on Monday night.

But Sarpsborg sporting director Thomas Berntsen insists Jose Mourinho's team were not the only European heavyweights represented at Sarpsborg Stadion this week.

"What I can say is that there are many clubs watching Diatta," Berntsen...

Man United scout Sarpsborg teenage midfielder Krepin Diatta - source

Manchester United have stepped up their interest in teenager Krepin Diatta by scouting the midfielder during his outing for Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08 against Odd on Monday, a source has told ESPN FC.

Regarded as a player with strength, athleticism and pace, Diatta, 18, is viewed as one of the most promising youngsters currently playing in Europe and United have monitored his progress in recent months.

Sarpsborg moved to protect their asset by handing the Senegal youth international a four-year...