Manchester United’s academy is bearing fruits for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Shola Shoretire recently promoted to the first team squad.

Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have also forced their way into Solskjaer’s plans over the past 18 months, and Hannibal Mejbri is also set to follow, having been promoted to train with the first team.

United’s conveyor belt of talent is not slowing down. Last week when the under-18s beat City, Charlie McNeill scored four goals.

McNeill’s contribution overshadowed the promotion of five young players from the under-16s into the under-18s. Kobbie Mainoo, 15, started the game.

Daniel Gore, 16, was a second half substitute and the young midfielder did not look out of place during his showing.

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Gore has this past weekend been tipped for a big future. Former scout and youth team coach Lee Waddington says Gore is a unique talent.

Speaking about the England under-16 international, Waddington says he is confident young attacking midfielder Gore can become a first team player for United one day.

He told the MEN: “I think he’s an extraordinary talent. Great lad, fantastic work ethic, feet on the ground but he’s just got that unpredictability about him. To either score goals or make goals.


“He’s the toughest attacking player I’ve ever coached in my 30 years. I think he’s got a massive, massive future there.”

United will give him opportunities

Gore is already doing something right at United to be called up to the under-18s. Next season he should feature more regularly, as some of the current players get pushed up to the under-23s.

United have always been a club reliant on academy players. There is an extraordinary record of picking one in every matchday squad since 1937, spanning more than 4,000 games.

If he is talented enough then Gore will make it, United have consistently shown this.

It will take a couple of years surely before he begins to get in the first team conversation, but Shola Shoretire’s rapid rise shows anything is possible.

Shoretire turned 17 just earlier this month and his first team debut could come this week in the second leg of the Europa League tie with Real Sociedad.

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