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Who is Shola Shoretire? - Everything You Need to Know About Manchester United's New Teenage Sensation

Mudeet Arora
Shola Shoretire has been a sensation from the United academy
Shola Shoretire has been a sensation from the United academy / Visionhaus/Getty Images
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Shola Shoretire officially signed a professional contract with Manchester United and he could well be the next big player to graduate out of the famed Red Devils academy.

It was reported that Shoretire was already made part of the first-team training last Sunday and could very well make his debut for United sometime in the ongoing season.

The 17-year-old future star is sensational on the ball and has shown instances when he could get really fast in the least amount of time possible while sprinting with the ball.

So here's everything you need to know about him......

When was he born:

Shoretire was born on February 2, 2004 which is two days before Facebook was launched. He turned 17 this week and has already been touted as a future United star.

Childhood:

Born in Newcastle and of Nigerian ancestry from his father's side, Shoretire spent his early childhood in the North East and played for esteemed Wallsend Boys Club - following in the footsteps of Peter Beardsley, Alan Shearer, Michael Carrick and Lee Clark (to name a few).

When did United sign him?

United signed him up at the age of 10 and he has since then grown through the ranks at the club.

What is the most interesting fact about him?

Ever since coming to United, Shoretire has played with the age-group elder to his, which shows the kind of talent he possesses. He became the youngest-ever player to appear in the UEFA Youth League when, in 2018, he came off the bench against Valencia as a 14-year-old.

Were any other clubs interested in him while he was coming up the ranks at Manchester United?

Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus were interested in him before he signed his professional deal with Manchester United.

When did Ole give him the chance to train with the first team at Manchester United?

Solskjaer brought Shoretire into first-team training on Sunday, February 7, 2021, after his hat-trick against Blackburn while playing for the U-23 team and he will remain with the first team from now, while he continues to improve

What is his position on the field?

Shoretire is a winger but in the time we have seen him play for United, he can play pretty much in every position in the forward line. For United's Under 23s this season he has been used as a centre forward, on the left and on the right. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for more fluidity up-front and Shoretire can prove to create a major impact on that front.

The youngster has also proved his capabilities as a number 10.

What are his strengths?

Shoretire's main strength is his passing along with the skills he possesses on the ball. Remember, this kid has played against kids older to him for all his life and has been able to evade them with ease. Most of this is thanks to his ingenious low centre of gravity and the fact that he can play with both his feet.

His assist for last summer's signing Facundo Pellestri's first goal for United at Under-23 level shows him receiving the ball just inside his own half, after which he dusted three Southampton defenders with an incredible turn before handing the assist to the Uruguayan to score.

Who are his footballing idols?

While he is not old enough to remember Ronaldinho in his prime, Shoretire has named the Barcelona legend as one of his idols in football.

'He was so confident in himself, he was skillful and had everything,' he told UMM's YouTube channel.

'If you're not having fun on a pitch then there's no point. I'm always going into a game thinking I'm going to do well.'

Shoretire also considers Rashford as his inspiration.

Check out the video below:

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