Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated that it is in Manchester United’s ‘DNA’ to blood youth players after Shola Shoretire was handed his first-team debut in the Premier League.
Shoretire became the seventh youngest player in United’s history when he came on with two minutes to go against Newcastle.
United defeated the Magpies 3-1 thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes, and Shoretire was afforded a couple of touches in his cameo late on.
The attacker turned 17 this month and has been fast-tracked into the first-team picture after scoring six goals for Neil Wood’s U23 side.
Solskjaer was asked in his post-match press conference about United prioritising the development of youth talent.
“It’s in our DNA, it’s what we do at Man United, and it’s important our kids know when they’re good enough they’re old enough,” he said.
Shoretire’s fellow teenage forward Amad was an unused substitute this evening but the pair could be utilised in Thursday’s Europa League second-leg against Real Sociedad as the Reds have almost insurmountable 4-0 aggregate lead.