Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford said that Shola Shoretire had fully earned his debut for the Old Trafford club.
Shoretire, 17, came on in the final minutes of United’s 3-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday.
In doing so, the teenager became his side’s second senior debutant this week; fellow youngster Amad Diallo made his bow in Thursday’s Europa League win over Real Sociedad.
However, Shoretire features on an incredibly long list of academy players who have earned first-team debuts for United.
Indeed, Rashford himself came down that path, making his explosive first appearance in 2016. Since then, he has become one of the Red Devils‘ key stars. As such, he insisted that age is not the only factor in determining a player’s progression.
“It’s in our DNA, it’s what we do at Man Utd,” Rashford said about Shoretire’s debut (via Goal).
“It’s important our kids know when they’re good enough, [they know] they’re old enough.
“Shola has been training with us now for a little while, and has done really well, [this] was the next step up.
“In the last transfer window we let a few players go out on loan, which made the path for him shorter and I’m sure he’ll remember his five or six minutes on the pitch tonight.”
Shoretire’s debut capped off another solid evening’s work for United as they downed the Magpies.
Rashford opened the scoring in the first half and further goals from Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes helped the hosts win after Allan Saint-Maximan’s equaliser.
Indeed, Fernandes put in a typically dominant display, assisting James for the Welshman’s goal.
Solskjaer buzzing over James form
Winger James is one player who continued his impressive recent form against Newcastle.
His goal was his second in four days, after he netted in the Europa League on Thursday.
The 23-year-old’s return to form comes after a recent struggle for game time, but Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted that the player has always been in his thinking.