Man Utd make academy promotion after Marcus Rashford intervention

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to promote Shola Shoretire to first-team training, as the latest Manchester United wonderkid continues his progression.

The 17-year-old has starred for the developmental squads this season, scoring a hat-trick in the under-23s most recent win.

That performance in the 6-4 win over Blackburn Rovers, which also included an assist, has impressed Solskjaer who is now set to take a closer look at his talents.

The United boss has been forthcoming in giving youngsters from the academy a chance and Shoretire looks set to be the latest.

The Athletic report that the winger, who is equally adept on the left or right, will be moved into the first-team bubble by the end of the week.

He did spend a week with the senior squad before Christmas, but with current Covid-19 restrictions making it difficult for players to move up or down, this looks set to be a more long-term option.

Shoretire recently committed his future to the club, despite interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

It is understood Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich were all interested in signing him, but he ultimately decided to stick with the Red Devils.

That decision was reached after he held talks with fellow academy graduate Marcus Rashford, who helped persuade him to sign a new deal.

Coaches at the club are said to be extremely impressed by Shoretire’s maturity and technique with the belief he is more than ready to handle the next stage of his fledgling career.

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  • Hannibal Mejbri is another that could be promoted, although that could be delayed after the midfielder suffered an injury in Friday night’s win over Rovers.

    Both are expected to continue playing games with the U23s, but will be forced to travel separately in order to maintain the first-team bubble.

    That’s also the current arrangement of January signing Amad, who has been a part of Solskjaer’s training sessions, despite picking up minutes for Neil Wood’s side.

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