Norwegian press convinced Manchester United have let ‘new Xavi’ go

by Sam Peoples

When Mats Moller Daehli left Manchester United this summer, eyebrows were raised.

The 18-year-old, winner of the Jimmy Murphy Academy Player of the Season in his first year at the club, had been one of United’s outstanding performers alongside Adnan Januzaj in 2012/13 but the lure of regular first team football saw him move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s Molde.

Since his move, Daehli has gone on to do precisely what he did at Under-18s level – his passing has been nothing short of phenomenal and VG have heaped praise on the young Norwegian.

He has completed 249/281 (91.88%) in eight games for Molde this season out of which they have won six and lost only one – statistics that make him the ninth most consistent midfielder in Europe this season for pass completion out of those who have made more than 200 passes. Manchester United’s highest representative is Tom Cleverley who sits 24th in the list with 296/328 (90.27%).

“It’s absolutely amazing,” former Rosenborg midfielder Ben Skammelsrud said of Daehli’s performance so far this season.

“Especially since he’s so young. This statistic shows how carefully he is playing. How carefully and the great prestige he puts in every pass.

“It’s probably no coincidence, considering what I’ve heard about how serious he is playing. It’s just very impressive.” 

It’s no surprise to see how well Daehli is playing with Molde. He always had a calming presence whenever he played for United and thrived off having the ball at his feet, but it is sad to see that he is not still at Carrington as first team opportunities were not far away for him.

However, Daehli playing so well is fantastic and United played a major role in shaping him. There have been rumours that David Moyes placed a buy back clause in his contract and if this sort of form continues, it could be something Moyes would be interested in taking up.

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