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Shola Shoretire: Meet the Manchester United youngster who is eligible to play for Nigeria

The Nigeria-eligible finally got his first minutes of the season under new Manchester united gaffer Ralf Rangnick.

Teenage Manchester United sensation — Shola Shoretire got his first minutes of professional football this season under Ralf Rangnick.

The Nigeria-eligible youngster made a substitute appearance in Manchester United Champions League draw against Young Boys.

Shola was born in Newcastle, England, on the 2nd of February 2004. He started his journey in football quiet early with the Newcastle academy before joining Manchester City academy in January 2013.

However, he only spent just seven months at Manchester City’s “noisy neighbors” before joining the Red Devils in July 2014.

Since his move to old Trafford, the youngster has grown in leaps and bounds, rapidly progressing through the youth ranks and reaching the under-23 Manchester United side.

The winger’s rapid rise isn’t a surprise, as his under eight coach Ian Riley explained in an interview.

When someone has that star talent, you can just tell, ” Riley told Goal.

“It’s hard to explain, but it’s there already.”

“If you throw a ball at them, it just happens. You can teach people how to control a ball and work on their touch, but some people just have natural ability, and Shola was one of those”.

“He liked to dribble and go past people, and he liked to cross the ball, and he scored goals. He was an all-round little package. ”

The youngster broke into United’s Premier League 2 side last season, and as proof of his brilliance, he rattled the net ten times and gave eight assists in just 21 appearances.

This brilliance ensured that he got his Premier League debut just days after his 17th birthday. He also broke Manchester United’s record as he became the youngest player to feature for the Red devils in a European competition when he was subbed on in the 74th minute in their goalless stalemate against Real Sociedad last season.

This season, the 17-year-old has been on fire for the United Youth Side, with two goals in four appearances in the UEFA Youth League.

The 17-year-old is a big fan of Brazilian great Ronaldinho.

He is eligible to play for Nigeria because of his parents.

His father — Alexander Shoretire, in an interview with the Street Journal, stated his desire for his son to feature for the Super Eagles at some point.


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