Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on Mats Moller Daehli and claimed he could have played first team football for Manchester United this season.
It was a big surprise to see Daehli leave the academy this summer because he had been one of United’s most outstanding youngsters but he wanted the opportunity of first team football at Molde.
And Solskjaer has compared the Norwegian’s ability to that of Adnan Januzaj, the 18-year-old Belgian midfielder who has broken into the first team squad this year.
Speaking to TV2.no, Solskjaer said: “The way he takes the ball on, calms it down and controls play. It pleases me. I looked for a few minutes and I was glad I started with him.
“He came here to play first-team football, but he could have been at United and played first team football now. He is on par with Adnan (Januzaj). The two grew up together on the U18 team. He was named Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year in his maiden season.”
Daehli’s departure was a very strange one from United’s perspective because his progression had been superb and it wasn’t going to be very long before he was given first team opportunities too, but they didn’t come quickly enough for him.
There has reportedly been a buy back clause placed in the Norwegian’s contract which could see him return to Old Trafford but typically, players who leave don’t come back.
It is a real shame that Daehli left as he would have been one of the most exciting players with the Under-21s this year but I’m glad he is succeeding with first team football as we all knew he had the potential to do so, even at such a young age.