Man United did what was expected of them against Newcastle United. The Old Trafford tryst ended 3-1 with the home-side avoiding an early equalizing attempt from Allan Saint-Maximin for Marcus Rashford’s opener via a Daniel James goal and an inevitable Bruno Fernandes penalty.
Rashford had an excellent game to his name, scoring the opener at the back of some impressive footwork and even making the requisite effort to win the penalty.
However, he did trigger a talking point when he was subbed off. Ole Gunnar Solskjær elected to give a brief yet memorable debut to 17-year-old Shola Shoretire towards the end of the fixture.
Rashford of all people knows how remarkable of an opportunity this was for the young attacker, having been handed an incredible chance in his own youth.
He remarked as such after the game, speaking about Shoretire (via MUTV): “He’s even younger than I was. It’s a top moment, when a young player makes his debut they kick on from that and hopefully we see the same from him. He’s got a lot of quality, the more often he trains with us and plays with us he’s going to feel relaxed and can show his quality on the pitch.”
It certainly was and with the likes of Amad Diallo also waiting to impress further, the Norwegian gaffer will be eager to continue the club’s rich heritage of promoting talent from their youth academy.
Further, it will be interesting to see just what heights Shoretire will be able to reach. The maxim at Old Trafford has always been that if a player is good enough then age is no bar. The likes of Mason Greenwood illustrated it excellently in the recent past whereas Scott McTominay is in line with Rashford as a top-tier academy graduate now occupying a regular first-team spot.
Where will Shoretire fare in this regard?