Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard by scouting the 15-year-old on his international debut on Wednesday night.

Odegaard, a boyhood Liverpool supporter, became Norway’s youngest-ever player by winning his first cap against the United Arab Emirates in Stavanger at the age of just 15 years and 253 days.

The Stromsgodset youngster, who had a trial with United last December, is now expected to earn a place in Per-Mathias Hogmo’s squad for next Wednesday’s friendly against England at Wembley after completing all ninety minutes of the 0-0 draw against the UAE.

"I think he came out of it well and he was very close to deciding the game," Hogmo said. "He showed the kind of qualities he has."

Notwithstanding Odegaard’s Liverpool allegiances, United are also likely to face competition from Barcelona and Juventus, who have maintained regular interest in the youngster since his emergence with Stromsgodset.

United are understood to have sent senior scouts to Stavanger to assess Odegaard and the player is likely to be watched again at Wembley to monitor his abilities against more established opponents.

United have had mixed success with recruiting emerging players from Norway, with Ole Gunnar Solksjaer proving a huge hit at the club following his £1.5m arrival as an unheralded forward from Molde in 1996.