Mats Moller Daehli has signed for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Molde on a permanent deal on a reported two and a half year contract.
Reports only surfaced out of the blue yesterday that Daehli was looking for a move away and a deal has been struck less than 24 hours later.
According to VG.no, United did not want to lose Daehli and it was a move that was forced by the player in search of game time.
The 18-year-old, who was named the 2011 Jimmy Murphy Academy Player of the Year, was one of the most coveted talents in our ranks. A naturally gifted player with the ball, he was always a cut above the rest with the U18s.
Next year, he was fully expected to make the move up to Warren Joyce’s U21s but it seems that first team football was his priority and he has become the latest in a line of United youngsters to leave.
His departure follows the exit of Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison in real, genuine talents that have not fully come through to the first team for one reason or another.
The only saving grace with this deal is that there may well be a buy back clause in the contract and he will be working under Solskjaer, so will certainly have a good coach above him.
But United are in the midst of a startling trend of losing coveted youngsters from the academy and this latest departure is the most confusing yet.