Manchester United failed with a last-ditch attempt to sign highly-rated Molde midfielder Mats Moller Daehli, who opted to join former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff City.
The Mail on Sunday reports how the Premier League champions triggered an option to re-sign the 18-year-old, less than 12 months after he departed the club, in favour of a return to Norway.
Daehli played under Solskjaer at Old Trafford, when the former United striker was in charge of the Red Devils' development squad, and followed his compatriot back to his homeland after two years in the youth set-up.
And, just weeks after his appointment at the Cardiff City Stadium, Solskjaer made a move to be reunited with Daehli, having tipped him to be a huge success in England.
David Moyes tried to hijack the Bluebirds' £2.5million bid for the talented teenager, but it proved to be the latest in a growing number of Manchester United transfer snubs, with Daehli choosing to move to south Wales.
"This took some time because he had a late offer from someone else," confirmed Solskjaer. "We are delighted that Mats has chosen to come here.
"That shows the desire he has to do well for Cardiff."