Manchester United fans were delighted to see teenage forward Shola Shoretire make his first-team debut against Newcastle.
Shoretire, 17, became the seventh youngest player in United’s history as he came on for Marcus Rashford in the penultimate minute at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were cruising at 3-1 in the final stages and Shoretire made a couple of touches in his short cameo.
Goals from Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes ensured United returned to second place in the Premier League despite a far from complete performance.
Solskjaer is expected to rotate his starting lineup in the Europa League second-leg fixture against Real Sociedad on Thursday after the Reds dismantled their La Liga opponents 4-0 in the first-leg.
But the United boss has confirmed that Shoretire and fellow teenage winger Amad are unlikely to start the game.
Asked if the pair will start, Solskjaer said, as quoted by PA’s Simon Peach: “Probably not Shola & Amad, no. I’m not sure if that would be fair on them.
“They’ll be in the squad. Donny (Van de Beek), Edinson (Cavani), Scott (McTominay), I don’t know. Maybe they’ll be available, I’m not sure. I hope (they will be)”
Despite the revelation that Shoretire won’t start, it is likely he could be afforded the chance to make an impact in the game with five substitutes allowed in the European competition.
Plenty of fans have sent their congratulations to Shoretire for an achievement that he will never forget.
See some reactions from United supporters on social media below:
Shola Shoretire at 17 years, 0 months and 19 days becomes the 7th youngest player in Manchester United history…he also becomes the 240th Academy graduate to reach the first team #240 #youth #culture #MUAcademy #mufc #ManUtd @ManUtd
— The MUFC Academy 🐝 (@mrmujac) February 21, 2021
Can’t wait to see you link up with Amad soon 🙏 proud of you https://t.co/XNzbJQ2Ewt
— King Shoretire (@ShoretireFc) February 21, 2021
— Solskjaer's Added Time 🔰⚫🔴 (@SolskysTime) February 21, 2021
Shoretire – Greenwood – Amad'
The future is bright 🔥 pic.twitter.com/I7SLukPDYD
— ManUFact___ (@AlhilalGoni) February 21, 2021
Also great to see @ManUtd do what we do and put our faith and opportunities in to the kids.
— Joshua McGonigle (@JoshuaMcGonigle) February 21, 2021
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) February 21, 2021