– Manchester United were on Thursday night, February 25, forced to goalless draw by Real Sociedad
– Nigerian star Shola Shoretire made his debut for the Red Devils in European competition
– The 17-year-old is now the youngest player in the club’s history to appear in Europe
Nigerian star Shola Shoretire on Thursday night, February 25, made history at Manchester United when he made his European debut for the Red Devils in their Europa League game.
The 17-year-old forward replaced Mason Greenwood in the 76th minute at Old Trafford against the Spanish giants in a match that ended goalless.
Despite their failure to score a goal at home in the return leg against Real Sociedad, Ole Solskjaer and his wards have progressed to the round of 16 in the Europa League.
According to the report on GOAL, Shola Shoretire is now the youngest player in the history of Manchester United that will play for them in European competition.
Norman Whiteside set the last record as the youngest player to play for the Red Devils in Europe in 1982 when he was 17 years and 131 days.
Shola Shoretire on the other hand was 17 years and 23 days on Thursday night, February 25, when he played against Real Sociedad.
The report added that Manchester United boss Ole Solskjaer was happy with Shola Shoretire’s game so far for the Old Trafford landlords.
“Shola has got some skills, he’s going to make a very good player here.
“It’s a platform tonight, just 15 minutes but it’s something to remember for him at Old Trafford. Maybe he would’ve enjoyed it more with fans because they give you so much energy.
“But I’m sure all the fans will see him soon.”
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Manchester United who are Premier League giants confirmed officially that Nigerian youngster Shola Shoretire has signed his first professional contract with the Red Devils.
Shola Shoretire is a product of Manchester United academy and his impressive performances in the Red Devils’ youth team helped him to get a contract with the Premier League side.
According to the confirmation on Manchester United website, they stated clearly that the Nigerian player has been with them since the age of 9 and they are happy that he finally signed a contract.
On Friday, February 5, Manchester United chiefs were happy with Shola Shoretire’s performance as he scored three goals against Blackburn Rovers while playing for the Under 23 team.
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