Manchester United bosses believe teenage forward Shola Shoretire has all the ingredients to make it at the top-level and can even fill the void left by their failure to sign Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
The Red Devils endured a frustrating transfer window in which they spent most of the summer trying – and failing – to prise Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund, eventually giving up shortly before deadline day.
But despite the new arrivals, it is a current academy youngster who has got United chiefs particularly excited.
According to The Sun, 16-year-old Shoretire has been impressing everyone at the club and his rapid rise though the youth ranks even has some believing that he could be the answer to their right wing woes after missing out on Sancho.
The youngster has consistently played, and thrived, above his age group and made history when he came on as a sub in the UEFA Youth League last year at the age of just 14 years and 314 days – the youngest ever player to appear in the competition.
United Under-18s coach Neil Ryan was glowing in his praise of the teenager earlier this year, saying: ‘He is a really exciting player. He’s evolving and developing, can play a number of different positions, he showed great maturity I thought.’
According to The Athletic, United are so convinced of Shoretire’s talent they have already signed him up to a pre-contract agreement to turn professional when he turns 17 in February.
It was a very unusual move from United to tie down such a young player and speaks volumes about how highly he is rated, with a host of clubs across Europe having been interested in trying to poach him.