Mats Moller Daehli has left Manchester United for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Molde after two years at the club in what is one of the most surprising exits in the past few years at Old Trafford.
The 18-year-old had done nothing but impress and progress in his time at the club. After another good year with the U18s, he was certain to make the step up to Warren Joyce’s U21s and stake his claim on why he deserved a first team call up.
But it seems Daehli was keen to have an immediate impact at first team level and clearly felt that he wasn’t ready to wait for his chances at United.
“I felt very wanted here in Molde,” he told TV2.no.
“I’ve had two fantastic years at Manchester United, but it got to the point where I had to make a choice and think of my own accord development.
“I’m very proud and happy. It has been a process, but this is a very good solution for me. I’ll start training tomorrow and try to show that I deserve to play.”
Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba’s departures were tough on fans that had watched them progress through the ranks but they were not unexpected.
On the other hand, Daehli’s departure came completely out of the blue. He was a grounded lad with a fantastic attitude who had never shown any signs of dissatisfaction with his position at United but it seems he couldn’t wait for his opportunity with the first team.
He will join up with Solskjaer in Norway and speaking about Daehli’s move, the ex-United legend revealed that he had made Daehli stay at United when he left to take up the job at Molde back 2011.
‘We talked two-and-a-half years ago when he had to make a choice to stay or go,” he said.
“I recommended him to sign with United.
‘However, I told him he could always come back to Norway and come to Molde. He’s had two great seasons and learned plenty at United.
‘He’s here to develop. There’s no pressure on him to come in here and turn our season around. We’ll take this step by step.”
I’m not sure what to think about the current situation with the academy now that we have seen yet another one of our youngsters exit the club. We have always continued our tradition of promoting youngsters but it doesn’t seem to be enough with these high profile departures.
Good luck to Daehli at Molde. Hopefully United have been smart enough to place a buy back clause in his contract but the bigger issue here is not Daehli’s decision to leave but the alarming rate in which United’s talent pool is leaving – something that has to be stopped.