Shola Shoretire trained with Manchester United’s first team at the start of the week.
This seemed possible that it could have been a simple gesture, a one-off reward for signing a professional contract, ahead of the midweek FA Cup tie.
Well, Shoretire was in first team training again on Thursday as United began preparations for the weekend’s match with West Bromwich Albion.
Shoretire turned 17 earlier this month and he became the youngest player in England this season to score a hat-trick at under-23 level.
He is expected to be back with the under-23s for their fixture with Arsenal tonight. The MEN report he is expected to feature against the Gunners, who are unbeaten in their last five games.
Coach Neil Wood praised Shoretire this week, telling PA: “As the season has gone on you have seen his talent. His work rate off the ball is excellent. I think he’s very mature for his age, he’s not one spot of bother.
“He plays for the team, he knows the role he’s got to do to improve himself and he works his socks off every day.”
Shoretire is now firmly on the first team radar and if he keeps on performing well for the under-23s, he will get more opportunities to train with the first team.
This season the young attacking midfielder has five goals at under-23 level and three assists.
His link-up with Amad Diallo paid off for the under-23s last weekend, with the Ivorian setting up all three of his goals. This could be a combination with pays off at first team level one day.
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