Erik ten Hag stopped Shola Shoretire leaving United on loan this summer

Erik ten Hag blocked young prospect Shola Shoretire from leaving Manchester United on loan during the summer transfer window.

The Manchester Evening News report that Shoretire had interest from clubs in the Championship over a temporary exit.

But the new manager personally stepped in to ensure that the Englishman continued his development at the club this season.

Shoretire will be in the Under 21 squad for the time being but United’s Europa League campaign could provide an opportunity for him to get minutes.

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Ten Hag wants to keep Shoretire around

Shoretire was among the young talents called into senior training ahead of the clash with Arsenal earlier this week.

Shoretire is incredibly versatile, able to operate on either flank, as an attacking midfielder or up front. Yet it is from the left where he does much of his best work.

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, one United source referred to Shoretire as an “exceptional talent”. And it is widely believed that a first-team chance is only a matter of time.

He got some opportunities under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it remains to be seen whether he pushes on this season and gets more games.

It bodes well for Shoretire that Ten Hag has stepped in and personally ensured he is sticking around until January at the very least.

He now needs to ensure that his development is best served by remaining at United and training alongside those top players rather than going out and playing men’s football every week.

It is also notable that James Garner and Tahith Chong both impressed in the Championship last season but have both been sold by Ten Hag since.

So it might be that training in front of the Dutchman is the best way for him to catch the eye and prove he has what it takes to make it at Old Trafford.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.