Shola Shoretire’s new contract was announced by Manchester United this week.

Shoretire’s deal is described by the club as long-term, although no date has been specified for exactly how long it is.

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Tying Shoretire down is an important step for United. The teenager turned 17 last week and has been a regular for the under-23s this season.

The youngster sent a message out on Instagram after signing his contract, expressing his delight at committing his future to his ‘boyhood club’.

Shoretire scored a hat-trick for United’s under-23 side at the weekend in a 6-4 win over Blackburn. He became the youngest player in England to do so at under-23 level this season.

The teenager has five goals and three assists this season and has clearly impressed the coaching staff.


Under-23 coach Neil Wood was quoted by Goal: “With Shola what impresses me the most is that he’s a very good technical player, and Shola has always played up a year throughout his whole academy life, I can’t remember him every playing in his own age group.

“He’s always been stretched, I think he’s a very mature lad for his age and the way he plays is very mature. He does a lot of work and takes a lot of positions up and he’s played in a lot of roles, he’s played as a 9, played left, he’s played 10 and on the right.”

Shoretire trained with United’s first team this week and also did at the end of December.

This may just be a reward for his new deal and an incentive to motivate him further. It is up to Shoretire to show it should be a regular occurrence.

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