Shola Shoretire has begun season impressively for United's under-23 side

Shola Shoretire made his Manchester United first team debut last season, becoming the club’s seventh youngest player of all time.

For the time being, Shoretire is back with the under-23 side. But it may only be a matter of time before he returns to the first team set up.

Shoretire impressed for the first time in pre-season, providing assists in matches against Derby and QPR.

Now with the under-23s, Shoretire has enjoyed a blistering start to the season.

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Most productive player

Including the goal Shoretire scored for Manchester United’s under-19s side in the UEFA Youth League, the 17-year-old is the team’s joint top goalscorer.

Shoretire has three goals in all competitions, level with forward Anthony Elanga.

Unsurprisingly, Shoretire leads the team for assists too. Adding in games in the EFL Trophy against senior opposition, Shoretire has four assists.

Shoretire capped this off with a goal in the 3-0 win over rivals Liverpool at the weekend.

All seven of Shoretire’s combined three goals and four assists have come from open play.

The teenager is a slick passer, whose movement off the ball gets him into positions which enable him to do the damage.

Last season Shoretire scored 10 goals and provided six assists. He is well on the way to eclipsing this figure. His seven goal contributions already this season is almost at half the 16 he managed last season.

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How long can United hold him back?

The first team picture is crowded at present. This can be alleviated when Juan Mata leaves the club, which The MEN report could be in January.

Jesse Lingard is a player also with an uncertain future due to his contract. If Lingard leaves, Shoretire can profit. But even if he stays, Shoretire can make his mark.

United will remember the situation with Angel Gomes, who made his first team debut at an even younger age than Shoretire. He left the club in pursuit of first team football.

Shoretire signed a new contract last season so United are not in the same danger of losing him.

But the club will have to find a pathway to get the young wonderkid into the first team. Tearing it up at under-23 level is fine for him for now, but in a year’s time, Shoretire will require a new challenge.

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