Meet Shola Shoretire, the 14-year-old who has just made history at Man Utd


Manchester United are famous for producing talented youngsters and then providing them with the platform to become stars.

Countless players down the years have come through the youth ranks before establishing themselves as household names in world football.

George Best, Bobby Charlton, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Marcus Rashford… the list goes on and on.

Man Utd boast an incredible record of using a youth team graduate in every match-day squad dating all the way back to October 1937.

As of October 2017, that was 3,883 games in a row. Over a year later and we’re now fast approaching the 4,000-game milestone.

One youngster who will hope to keep the record going over the next couple of decades is a lad called Shola Shoretire.

The teenager made Man Utd history on Wednesday by becoming the youngest player to appear in a official youth league/cup game at the tender age of 14 years, 10 months and 10 days old.


Shoretire came off the bench against Valencia in the 74th minute, in place of Nishan Burkart, breaking the record in the process.

This was an Under-19s match, which makes Shoretire’s appearance from the subs’ bench all the more impressive.

He was on the pitch playing with and against men five years older than him.

His appearance caused quite a buzz on social media…

Shoretire, who is eligible to play for England and Nigeria, is certainly a lad with a huge future ahead of him in the game.

In order to see what he’s all about, watch this video of his highlights while playing for United’s Under-16 side against Hong Kong’s Under-17s earlier this year…

The attributes that immediately stand out are his close control, his first touch, his vision, and his ability to pick a pass.

He’s smaller than almost every player on the pitch, but that hasn’t deterred United’s coaches from using him at older age groups.

Give it another couple of years and we could well be seeing him playing alongside the likes of Paul Pogba and Rashford in the first team.

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