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Shoretire squad number confirmed by Man United ahead of possible debut

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Shola Shoretire will wear the No.74 shirt for Manchester United if he makes his debut against Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

The 17-year-old was included in the 22-man United squad that travelled to Turin on Wednesday, along with new signing and Under-23s teammate Amad.

Shoretire donned the No.74 when he made his Uefa Youth League debut for United’s Under-21 side against Valencia aged just 14 in December 2018.

Shoretire scored a hat-trick for the U23s in their 6-4 win over Blackburn on 5 February and penned his first professional contract with the club the following week.

Ahead of the game against Sociedad, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted sentiment played no part in his decision to include Shoretire and Amad in the squad.

“They’re in the travelling squad, not just for experience – they’re there to make an impact if they have to,” said the Norwegian.

“The two boys have done well in training and they are talents that we want to give experience to. First of all they’re travelling and then let’s see if they come on the pitch.”

United U23s manager Neil Wood praised Shoretire after his recent treble against Blackburn, a feat which prompted United’s decision to promote the youngster to the first-team training bubble.

“As the season has gone on you have seen his talent,” Wood said of Shoretire. “His work rate off the ball is excellent, he is the one chasing back and getting tight to people. You see the quality in his technique and his touches, he is comfortable receiving it in tight spaces, he can turn so quickly.

“It’s tough for him. He’s just turned 17 and he’s playing against some older lads and he’s had to find a way of coping and he’s done that really well. Looking back to the first game to now he’s done brilliant with that, he’s a talent and he’s one you have to be patient with and don’t expect too much too soon and let him develop and keep working.

“I think he’s very mature for his age, he’s not one spot of bother. He plays for the team, he knows the role he’s got to do to improve himself and he works his socks off every day. Anything I ask him to do he’s no problem and he will do it so yeah, I do think he’s very mature beyond his years and I think that’s helped him to settle in to playing 23s football and he’s always played with older players anyway.”

Another United youngster, Hannibal Mejbri, was promoted to United’s first-team bubble along with Shoretire recently but injury prevented him from potentially taking a place in the squad against Sociedad.

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