Teenager Shola Shoretire Signs Pro Contract with Manchester United
17-year-old wonderkid Shola Shoretire has singed his first professional contract with Manchester United, with the Premier League giants having secured his services in order to fend off interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. The attacker, who is eligible to play for Nigeria, recently scored a hat-trick for United’s Under-23 side, demonstrating his enormous potential.
Generally operating on the flanks or in a central position, Shoretire has already drawn comparisons to England international and Dortmund star Jadon Sancho. Shoretire will now train with the United first team on a regular basis, while continuing to play in their reserve side.
Could Shoretire Make His United Debut This Season?
However, with United still being involved in the Premier League title race, Europa League and FA Cup, it could be that Shoretire makes his debut before the end of the current season. The Red Devils take on Spanish side Real Sociedad in Turin this week, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side being the narrow favorites with Betwinner to secure a first leg advantage. Those looking to back United can take advantage of appealing odds of 2.20 before kick-off on Thursday.
Shoretire will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, who both came through the United academy setup, before establishing themselves as key first team players. Shoretire has been with United since the age of 9, however it was understood that the likes of Bayern Munich and Juventus were interested in picking him up.
How Shoretire Became the Latest Starlet at Old Trafford
The talented youngster burst on to the scene when he featured in the UEFA Youth League at the age of just 14 years and 314 days, making him the youngest player in the tournament’s history. He then scored in the FA Youth Cup last season, while also finding the back of the net for England’s Under 16 side.
It remains to be seen as to whether Nigeria will stake their claim for the player, as they have done with the likes of Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze and Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun of late. The likes of Ola Aina, Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi all ended up representing the Super Eagles, despite playing for England at youth level.