Midfielder reveals why he chose to leave Manchester United this summer

by Sam Peoples

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.

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4 comments

ChrisW 07/04/2013 - 13:14

It was the player’s decision (let’s not start blaming Moyes already). He is Norwegian, he likes the idea of playing for Solskaer and he wants first team football. Let’s face it he wasn’t going to get many first team opportunities with Moyes signing new midfielders and with Nick Powell who is only19 being ahead of him.

Pogba was a much bigger loss, look how well he’s doing at Juventus. He should have got games early in the 2011-12 season, when most of our midfield were injured. If he had he’d probably still be with us. Let’s just make sure we hold on to Adnan Januzaj at all costs.

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Mike 07/04/2013 - 08:12

Good riddance! I hope he doesn’t come back. He will most likely degrade into an average player at Modle because he hasn’t given his training enough time to ensure he’s ready for the big leagues. If he was leaving for Barcelona, I’d understand but MOLDE???? He will less than likely only get the chance to compete in the qualifiers for the group stages of the Champions League, while at United he could’ve competed for the trophy itself in a season or two. These are the players who end up having rubbish careers then 20 years down the line when he’s managing a rubbish league two Norwegian club, he starts talking about how he regretted moving from United. When noone cares about him any more. Just ask Ravel Morrison. Good riddance. He was good, but he was no Messi or Ronaldo so I say it’s no big deal! This is just the chaff sorting itself out from the grain.

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Aussie Chris 07/04/2013 - 00:57

What is going on!? How many youth talents are going to leave before we start giving them opportunities. We won’t even be able to attract good youth anymore. Remember busbys babes, fergies fledglings

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Big G 07/04/2013 - 00:15

This is a bewildering and disappointing turn of events. Like many United fans, I have watched Daehli develop into a very promising talent over the last couple of seasons and am very surprised that we have let him leave so soon. I’m sure all United fans wish him every success at Molde and hope he continues to develop at his current rate. As United usually have “buy-back” clauses inserted into the sale of young players, I’m sure this is no different. Lets hope to see him back at OT in the not so distant future. Good luck Matts

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