This week keeps getting better for former Manchester United youth player Mats Møller Dæhli.
After winning the Statoil Talent Award earlier this week, he was called up to the Norwegian national team for their friendlies against Denmark and Scotland.
Today, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has reacted to the news of 18-year-old’s Dæhli’s call up in an interview with TV2 and admitted he wasn’t surprised by Per-Mathias Høgmo’s decision.
“I think it’s brave, but also the right thing to do,” he said.
“For we must cultivate Mats. We must cultivate Mats to be the future of Norwegian football.”
He draws parallels between Dæhli and Danish star Christian Eriksen but reserved his highest praise for the young midfielder when he compared his ability to that of Paul Scholes, someone who Solskjær knows very well from his playing time at United.
He said: “Mats is very ambitious, very careful and critical of himself. But he is also a player who likes to play football, looks forward to training and likes to create things. In addition, he is highly gifted technically.
“Mats has a unique potential and is a talent like no other. He reminds me a little of Paul Scholes. When Paul Scholes played the game, it was he who decided the pace. Mats is a bit the same way. He has the same presence.
Solskjær also feels that Mats can be a mainstay in the Norwegian team for years but feels that this first call up should be viewed as part of his development for the future.
“We must be patient and say it in the first place is a matter of learning.
“He will not be there and dominate and be the best right away. He won’t be that so early, but clearly at later time.“