Norweigen talent Mats Dæhli has left Manchester United for Molde in a £1.5m deal, according to the Daily Mail.

The 2012 Academy Player of the Year was widely regarded as one of the best young prospects in the Manchester United youth set-up.

So it comes as something of a surprise to see the 18-year-old return to Norway. Dæhli, who started his career with Lyn and later Stabaek before moving to United, will have a buyback clause inserted into his Molde contract.

Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - the former-Manchester United striker - said: "We talked two-and-a-half years ago when he had to make a choice to stay or go.

"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."

Dæhli moved to Old Trafford in 2010, and signed a professional contract upon turning 17 last year.

Following the 2011/12 season he was named the outstanding youth team player at the club, winning the Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year award.

But he's keen to play first-team football, something that will be easier at Molde than it would have been at United.

"I'm very proud and happy," said the 18-year-old. "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."

Following the departures of Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba - two other highly-rated United youth products - questions will be asked as to why the Old Trafford club are losing their best young players.

But, unlike Morrison and Pogba, Dæhli is thought to have left the club on good terms as evidenced by United's insistence on a buyback clause.

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