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Man United may have found the next Sancho in this promising 16-year-old academy ace

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Manchester United youngster Shola Shoretire compared to Jadon Sancho

According to The Sun (h/t Metro), Manchester United youngster Shola Shoretire might be the next Jadon Sancho.

The teenager is held in high regard by United. They believe he has what it takes to succeed at the highest level.

If the reports are to be believed, he can be just as good as Sancho. The English international is one of the best young players in world football.

Manchester United youngster Shola Shoretire might be the next Jadon Sancho
Manchester United have a special talent in Shola Shoretire (Getty Images)

United spent all summer trying to sign Sancho. They were however unwilling to fork out the fee demanded by Dortmund. The Germans held firm and the player stayed put in the Bundesliga.

However, if he develops as expected, Shoretire could provide United with an in-house replacement for the Dortmund star.

Just 16, he has been progressing rapidly through the United system. Shoretire made history when he came on as a sub in the UEFA Youth League last year at the age of just 14 years and 314 days. This made him the youngest ever player to appear in the competition.

United failed to bring in Jadon Sancho
United failed to bring in Jadon Sancho (Getty Images)

As per Under-18 coach Neil Ryan, the 16-year-old has both ability and maturity. He also commented on the player’s versatility to slot in at different positions.

“He’s evolving and developing, can play a number of different positions, he showed great maturity I thought.”

According to The Athletic, United have great faith in the youngster’s abilities. This has seen them sign the player on a pre-contract agreement when he turns 17 next February.

Shoretire is wanted by a number of clubs
Shoretire is wanted by a number of clubs

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Shoretire is attracting attention from a number of teams from across Europe. United’s efforts to keep him show just what a special talent he is what he could be.

There is a long road ahead for the teenager in his career. If all goes well, this will not be the first time we will have heard of him.