Shola Shoretire takes part in Manchester United media day ahead of the new season
The Red Devils kick-off their campaign against arch-rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford on August 14. The tie represents an excellent opportunity for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to showcase how much the team has grown in the off-season
Having come close to winning trophies in recent competitions, the pressure is on the Norwegian to deliver results. One of the players who look set to help him achieve just that is Shoretire. The youngster made his first-team debut last season and impressed in a number of cameos for the Red Devils.
According to the report, Mason Greenwood uploaded an outtake of Shoretire posing and grinning for the television graphic that is used to accompany line-ups. It would be fair to assume that he will have a role for the club this season.
Shoretire has played in all three of our previous Premier League games. With Marcus Rashford out injured and Edinson Cavani not yet ready to make an appearance, the youngster could be handed minutes off the bench. It represents an excellent opportunity for him to accelerate his growth and develop into a first-team regular in the years to come.
While the teenager certainly will get his opportunities, the chances of him starting this weekend are extremely low. Solskjaer could, however, make use of him in a more prominent role in the Carabao Cup. With two assists in three pre-season games, Shoretire has looked the real deal.
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Just 17, he scored the winner for United Under-23s against Sheffield Wednesday earlier this week. He is expected to predominantly play for the Under-23 side and step up to the first-team when called upon. United’s seventh youngest player of all time, he appears to be headed for a bright future at the club.
There will be little reason to deny him opportunities when he keeps impressing as he is. How soon we will s ee him in action this season remains to be seen.