Shola Shoretire’s fantastic form for the U23s early in 2021 led him to the first squad.

Shoretire made his Premier League debut for United in February against Newcastle, and a Europa League bow against Real Sociedad followed.

He continued to train with the first team and also fell to the U23.

What has been missing from Shoretire’s performance in recent weeks were the crucial moments for the U-23-year-olds when he was called up to the senior national team in the first place.

That changed on Friday night when Shoretire inspired United to beat Chelsea 4-2.

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Challenge passed

Shoretire found the U-23s difficult at the start of the season. After all, he was only 16 when the season started.

So he’s going to have games that pass him by. And there are other games that he can spin them almost single-handedly.

The game with Chelsea was a case in point. He scored two goals just before the break to put United 2-1 ahead, changing the prospects for the second half.

It was a big moment for Shoretire, his first goals since his first team appearance in February. It can be mentally difficult for players to move back and forth between teams, especially for players who are only 17 years old.

A great prospect

This was a reminder to United of why Shoretire is so special. He now has eight goals for the U23.

Only striker Joe Hugill (10) and winger Anthony Elanga (9) have more this season.

Shoretire also has three templates to its name. Only two U23 players, Alvaro Fernandez (5) and Hannibal Mejbri (7), have more.

Shoretire were on the losing side when United were beaten 6-1 by Chelsea in December. This time he was the key man when United beat the Blues 4-2.

In the recent FA Youth Cup loss to Liverpool, Shoretire missed a chance to level after an injury after scoring too many hits in the box. Against Chelsea, he showed that he had learned by being absolutely clinical when he saw a goal.

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These results show the growth that Shoretire has achieved over the course of the season.

He still has a long way to go but there is clearly a reason United are so excited about his potential and it was clearly evident on Friday night.

If the first team can finish the Champions League qualification early, there could be a few first-team minutes left for him this season.

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