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Manchester United reject 'as good as Januzaj'

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Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lavished praise on former-Manchester United academy star Mats Møller Dæhli after the 18-year-old's performance in the Norwegian cup semi-final last night.

Dæhli spent two years in the Manchester United academy and was tipped for stardom at Old Trafford, but he moved back to Norway this summer for first-team football at Molde.

Managed by former-United striker Solskjaer, the Norwegian giants beat Lillestrom 5-4 in a penalty shootout to reach the cup final on Thursday evening.

And after the match Solskjaer praised Dæhli's composed performance, and said he believed the teenager would be in the United first-team if he'd stayed at Old Trafford.

"Mats was simply outstanding," Solskjaer told Norwegian news site VG Nett. "The way he just keeps the ball on the ground, calms down and controls the flow of the game for the team. I am delighted!

"A few minutes into the game, I knew I made the right choice starting him.

"He came to Molde for first team football, but he could've been at United now, playing for the first team. He's on par with Adnan Januzaj. They grew up together in the under-18s, and Mats was player of the year."

It came as something of a surprise to see Dæhli return to Norway this summer in a deal worth around £1.5m.

The teenage midfielder was the club's academy player of the year in 2012, and was earmarked - along with Januzaj - as a future first team player.

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