Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Mats Daehli was moving to Molde to develop and he’s stuck by his word, throwing the teenager in at the deep end with seven league appearances, a Europa League start and cup football all thrown at him as he settles into life at his first senior club.
Daehli’s performance for Molde in the Norwegian cup against Lillestrom last night has left his current boss purring over his ability, with Solskjaer suggesting the youngster could be playing in the current United first team.
“Mats was simply outstanding - He came to Molde for first team football, but he could’ve been at United now, playing for the first team. He’s in par with Adnan Januzaj,” said Solskjaer.
They will be difficult comments for several United fans to take on board considering the current side’s necessity for a creative and influential midfielder in the middle of their side.
However, his motives for going to Molde were clear and that was to play regular first team football, an assurance that Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes after him couldn’t give the youngster.
Ultimately the best way for a young player to improve is to play first team games but the current period of transition following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement always meant that Moyes was never going to take risks.
The good news for United is that if Daehli continues to develop into the exciting player Solskjaer clearly believes he can be, they are in a great position to move for him in the future.
Solskjaer’s relationship with his former club is superb and the natural link between United and Molde means the Old Trafford side would more than likely have a first option on the Norwegian midfielder should he become available in the future.
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