Man Utd starlet could debut this year after Solskjaer drafts him into training

Date published: Tuesday 9th February 2021 10:32 - Samuel Bannister

Manchester United have promoted Shola Shoretire to their senior squad and he could make a first-team debut by the end of the season, it is claimed.

Shoretire signed a professional contract with United last week after turning 17. In doing so, the winger turned down interest from PSG, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

The England under-16 international will now continue his development with the club he has been at since the age of nine. And according to sources such as the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, it may not be long before he makes a senior debut.

Shoretire idolises Marcus Rashford, whose journey from academy player to regular starter for United’s first team shows the pathway he can follow.

“The things that he does on the pitch and off the pitch. He’s a good role model,” Shoretire said of Rashford last month.

“Seeing him do that, it makes me think I can do that too.”

Indeed, Rashford is not the only player to have received opportunities at senior level after breaking through United’s academy in recent years.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given senior debuts to a number of academy graduates during his time in charge. Now, it appears Shoretire could be the next to do so.

The teenager scored a hat-trick on his most recent appearance for United’s under-23s, who beat Blackburn Rovers 6-4 on Friday.

In total, from 13 appearances in the Premier League 2, Shoretire has provided five goals and three assists this season.

Now, he has been drafted into first-team training for the foreseeable future. With United still competing in three competitions, there could be an opportunity for him to make a senior debut.

Shoretire making progress

Shoretire has been progressing ahead of schedule throughout his time with United. For example, he became the youngest ever player to feature in the UEFA Youth League, a competition for under-19s, at the age of 14.

He also made his debut for the under-23s when he was 16.

Solskjaer will now keep Shoretire in his squad while he continues to show signs of improvement.

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