Manchester United have confirmed that academy graduate Shola Shoretire has signed his first professional contract with the club.
It caps a memorable week for the 17-year-old who scored a hat-trick as the Under-23s beat Blackburn Rovers 6-4 on Friday night and has since begun training with the first-team squad.
Shoretire was pictured next to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he penned his first professional deal, a sign of the admiration Solskjaer has for the exciting attacker.
The England Under-16 international graduated to Neil Wood’s Under-23s this season and has scored five goals, as well as creating three more, in his 13 appearances in Premier League 2, but his progress has been so rapid that he has begun training with the senior squad on a more consistent basis.
Shoretire posted a picture of himself signing his contract on Instagram and said: “It’s a dream come true to sign my first professional contract for my boyhood club! Such a proud day for me and my family.
“Thank you to everyone at the club and to my family who have helped me get to this moment. Hard work continues!”
Shoretire has been with United since he was nine and there are high hopes he can make the grade at the club.
Speaking in December, Wood said: “What impresses me the most is he is a very technical player.
“Shola has always played up a year through his whole academy career. I can’t remember him ever playing his own age group. He has always been stretched.
“He is very mature for his age, the way he plays, he does a lot of work, takes a lot of positions up, and he has played a lot of roles. He’s played [Number] 9, he’s played left, he’s played on the right, he’s played 10 and whatever you ask him to do – on and off the ball – he is going to do it. You can trust him to do that job.
“He is very young, and doing excellent for the age of him. I am not expecting him to be man of the match or [a] main figure of the team, because he is so young, but he’s not going on that pitch and drowning or anything. He has probably been one of our most consistent outstanding performers throughout the season.”
Shoretire is likely to be back in action for the Under-23s on Friday when they host Arsenal at Leigh Sports Village.