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Midfield starlet has no regrets about rejecting a return to Old Trafford

by Tracey Germaine

Mats Daehli has reiterated that he feels he made the correct decision in turning down a return to Manchester United.

The Norwegian international left United last summer much to the surprise of regular youth team followers and joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde, where he helped them on their way to lift the Norwegian Cup. Personal recognition followed as he won the Statoil Talent Prize and was called up to the senior national team.

Daehli followed Solskjaer to south Wales when he signed for Cardiff in January even though United tried to tempt the former Academy Player of the Year back.

The chance to continue working with Solskjaer was a crucial factor for Daehli and he is happy with the choice he made.

“I went to Manchester United as a 15-year-old and it was my dream to play for them,” he said.

“But I know the Cardiff manager so well and wanted to play for him again.

“It felt safe to choose Ole. He knows me and what I stand for as a player. I was sure that he would give me the chance, and he did. So I believe that I did the right choice.”

Daehli is yet to make a Premier League start for the Bluebirds but the fans have taken to him with his calm playing style which displays a maturity far beyond his 19 years, something that has seen him likened to a host of stars including Paul Scholes, Xavi, Iniesta and David Silva.

It’s hard to disagree with Daehli’s assessment of the situation as Wilfried Zaha only got 30 minutes of Premier League playing time before being shipped out on loan.

Adnan Januzaj burst onto the scene early in the season but is now playing less regularly and this is also a season where Nani has been ruled out through injury for a significant period.

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