Shola Shoretire became Manchester United’s youngest ever player in European competition after coming on against Real Sociedad.

Shoretire played the final 15 minutes of the 0-0 draw, following Amad Diallo who played 30.

This came days after his Premier League debut, against Newcastle, when he came on for the final three minutes.

Manchester United v Real Sociedad  - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg Two
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was complimentary about Shoretire after the game.

The United boss told BT Sport: “Shola has got some skills and attributes we think will make him a very good player here.

“A platform tonight, just 15 minutes, something to build upon.”

Shoretire did not see too much possession, making only five touches. While he was on, United retreated a little, and didn’t commit men forward to attack, as the game petered out.

The 17-year-old did not look too out of place though, and seemed to relish the chance to play and get stuck in against a senior side.

 

Solskjaer is clearly hoping these chances will inspire Shoretire, and that he can use this debut to kick on.

With United set to welcome players back from injury, he might not be in the matchday squad against Chelsea at the weekend.

This wasn’t a star-making Marcus Rashford type debut, but it was a comfortable introduction to first team football.

As Solskjaer points out, Shoretire has been given a chance now, and he has to progress and use it to keep showing his hunger to improve, and not think he has suddenly ‘made it’.

Manchester United v Real Sociedad  - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg Two
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Record breaker

As Shoretire became United’s youngest ever European player, he broke a record set by Norman Whiteside.

Whiteside reacted on Twitter, reaching out to congratulate Shoretire and wish him the best in his career ahead.

Shoretire sent a message expressing his pleasure at such a historic moment.

As Solskjaer points out to him, this is just the start of what could be a long and successful career.

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