A Manchester United scout received quite the surprise when he arrived on the steps of Laugardallsvöllur, the national stadium, last Wednesday. He had arrived for what he thought would be Iceland's friendly against the Czech Republic in Reykjavík. The stadium was closed, however, as the match was taking place 5,500 miles away in the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Qatar.
The scout, who had arrived from Denmark, had to put up with the frost in Reykjavík rather than the sunny sands of Doha. Manchester United have made a concerted effort to improve their scouting department recently, but the Danishman was, unfortunately, unable to spot any new talents on his trip.
Manchester United had sent a request for a ticket well in advance of the match but had failed to notice the exact location of the friendly. Manchester United has cast its eye on Iceland as it recently qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, becoming the smallest nation ever to reach the tournament.
The team succumbed to 1-2 loss on the hands of the Czech Republic in Qatar, with ex-Celtic striker Kjartan Henry Finnbogason scoring Iceland's goal. Coach Heimir Hallgrímsson has taken the chance to field less experienced players in these friendlies. Spanish born defender Diego Johannesson Pando, who plays his club football for Real Oviedo, made his full debut today in a 1-1 draw against Qatar.