Manchester United have made a habit of grooming young talent at their world famous academy and with famed graduates Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes heading towards retirement the focus will be on the next gem coming through.
The latest sensation that has his coaches singing his praises is Norwegian Mats Daehli. With academy graduates Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck all a part of the Manchester United first team setup, Daehli would have realistic hopes of one day playing for the first team and representing the club.
Dubbed the brightest prospect to come out of Norway and at just 18 years of age the sky seems to be the limit for this young player. Daehli has had a lot of admiration showered upon him.
Daehli, a midfielder with ability to create something out of nothing, has a great range of passing, outstanding close control of the ball and excellent awareness of his surroundings during a football match.
He is also said to be very versatile as he can be deployed in a variety of different roles through the middle or on either the left or right side of midfield.
The competition for Daehli’s signature was intense as the likes of Bayern Munich and Ajax were after the youngster. But with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge of the reserves at the time and with numerous Norwegian players already in United’s academy, Daehli opted for United.
Daehli was guaranteed a professional contract when he turned 17 and his first season with United’s academy was highly impressive with his coaches holding nothing but praise for the young midfielder.
Daehli’s former coach at Stabaek, Morten Tveit, was filled with praise for the young Norwegian.
“I think he is going to play for the first team and every coach at Man United thinks he is going to play for the first team.” Morten Tveit told Goal.com
“He is one of the best players in Europe in his age group. He is the best player I have seen at his age and I have seen a lot of International players at his age. He can play right or left or even off the main striker. He can be a little bit Messi, a little bit Xavi.”
Mats Daehli may have been mentioned alongside some of the game’s biggest names but he still has a long way to go in order to consider himself in the class as some of the players he has been compared to. If he continues to develop at the same rate he may soon be rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in world football.
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