Who's Shola Shoretire, the Nigerian-born wonderkid included in Man United's team to face Real Sociedad?

Who's Shola Shoretire, the Nigerian-born wonderkid included in Man United's team to face Real Sociedad?

Manchester United's Academy is arguably one of the best in England, producing young talents year in, year out. 

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are the recent graduates that have made a name for themselves having gone through the ranks at the club, but there might be a new entrant. 

Shola Shoretire. The England Under-16 international, who is also eligible to play for Nigeria, has impressed while playing for the youth team, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly a huge admirer. 

Shoretire, pronounced, Shor-ay-ti-reh, was included in United's Europa League squad that traveled to face Real Sociedad in the first leg of the round of 16, and it has caused a lot of excitement amongst United fans. 

So, who's Shoretire, dubbed the next Jadon Sancho?


The youngster, who has been at United since the age of nine, was born in Nigeria before his family moved to the UK. 

He first got admitted into the Newcastle United academy, before joining United after his family moved to Manchester. 

Playing style/position

The diminutive teen can play a number of attacking positions but has flourished playing either out wide, or through the middle.

He has lightning pace and is comfortable with both feet, and has silky moves that have been compared to the legendary Jay-Jay Okocha, one of Africa's greatest players ever. 

The hype

He has been dubbed the next Jadon Sancho, and it's not hard to see why. The 17-year-old made history in December 2018 when he was just 14, becoming the youngster player ever to appear in the UEFA Youth League during Man United's Under 19s 2-1 win against Valencia.

He has never looked back since then, and is in line now to make his bow with the senior team, in a European tie!

The youngster signed his professional contract early this month, snubbing a host of other European giants, including Barcelona and Juventus. 

What coaches are saying about him

“Shola has always played up a year through his whole academy career,” U23s coach Neil Wood said back in December. “I can’t remember him ever playing his own age group. He has always been stretched.

“He is very mature for his age, the way he plays, he does a lot of work, takes a lot of positions up, and he has played a lot of roles.

"He’s played [number] nine, he’s played left, he’s played on the right, he’s played 10 and whatever you ask him to do – on and off the ball – he is going to do it. You can trust him to do that job.

Ole Gunnar included the youngster in the traveling squad for Real Sociedad match, and he sought to explain his decision. 

“Yeah they’re in the traveling squad [Shola and Amad Diallo]. Not just for the experience, they’re there to make an impact if they have to. The two boys have done well in training and they are talents that we want to give experience to. First of all they’re traveling and then let’s see if they come on the pitch,"

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