Highly rated Norwegian midfielder Mats Daehli “sets the standard in creativity the others try to reach” according to Norwegian manager Oivind Nilsen.
Daehli earned Norway’s U19s side an 87th minute penalty as they beat Turkey in a thrilling 3-2 victory today and played an important role in another of Norway’s goals.
Speaking to Scandinavia’s Manchester United Supporters Trust United.no, Norway manager Oivind Nilsen said:
“Mats worked very well. He is really good in close duels, really creative and reliable to keep hold of the ball.
“He fits very well between the oppositions midfield and defence. There he can either play through passes or advance with the ball himself like he did when we got the decisive penalty.
“He played a really good game. He was one of our best players.”
The talented 17-year-old is held in high regard by followers of Manchester United’s academy and his impact on the international scene is unsurprising for those that have watched him play.
A confident ball player, Daehli has always looked a cut above the competition in the academy. With so many players going out on loan from the U21s, we could see him get a few appearances with Warren Joyce’s side as they enter the Elite Group Stage of the Barclays Premier League U21 tournament.
And Nilsen certainly thinks that Daehli certainly has the ability to make the step up.
He continued: “We are really happy to have Mats back.
“He is so creative. In a way he sets the standard in creativity the others try to reach. He is also extremely hard working. All the time.
“I had hopes that he could play like this, after seeing him against Serbia last year and I’m pleased that he delivered in such a good way.”