Rotation is expected when Manchester United take on Wolves this weekend.
There could be appearances for United’s talented group of youngsters, with Anthony Elanga, Shola Shoretire and Hannibal Mejbri all training with the first team in recent weeks.
Elanga is probably first in line, but United have to play the match-up too. Wolves defend deep and are difficult to break down. He is unlikely to get many opportunities to exploit their defence with his pace. United would be better off using him as a late substitute.
Shoretire is the player United should build the side around against Wolves, and give the 17-year-old a chance to make an impact in this end of season match.
He can step up
Shoretire has been outstanding for United’s under-23s this season, stepping up as a 16-year-old and playing well above his age range. He turned 17 earlier this year and has got better as the campaign has gone on.
The teenager ended up with 10 goals and six assists, showing an ability to unpick defences, and find space inside the penalty area to do some damage.
Shoretire has played from the bench twice and has trained consistently with the first team. This is the ideal opportunity to bring him in as a starter.
Scott McTominay made his first United start in similar circumstances, the league game before the Europa League final in 2017. Shoretire is an even more exciting prospect.
The alternative is wheeling out Juan Mata for one last start if United rotate. There’s little to be learned from this. Giving Shoretire a start is far more beneficial, to the player and for United.
Shoretire has the creativity to unlock Wolves’ defence, and his already established link-up with Amad could prove to be a winning combination.
Shoretire and Amad work well together
Amad is almost certain to start and putting Shoretire in as a starter with him can only benefit him.
In limited time together playing for the under-23s, the pair really hit it off, combining in an entertaining 6-4 win over Blackburn.
Shoretire scored a hat-trick in that win, with Amad assisting all three goals.
Amad also played in the 4-2 victory over Chelsea in which Shoretire grabbed a brace.
Shoretire can make Amad better, and vice versa. If United want one of the youngsters to play against Wolves, then it makes sense to play the other, to give them some familiarity and confidence.
Hannibal is another wildcard who could feature, but like Elanga he may have to settle for a place on the substitute’s bench.
Shoretire is one of United’s brightest talents and this weekend is a rare chance to give him a valuable Premier League start at this stage of his career. It would be great if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides to take this opportunity.
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