Marcus Rashford has paid tribute to debutant SholaShoretire after the teenager made his first senior appearance for Manchester United on Sunday, sayingthe club’s willingness to hand youth stars opportunities was”in our DNA”.
The 17-year-old followed in the footsteps of several other young United starlets handed chances to shine in recent years on the bigger stages, including Rashford himself, and the striker was quick to both praise his team-mate and the club’s approach to handling junior talent.
“It’s in our DNA, it’s what we do at Man United,” the England forward stated when asked post-match.”it’s important our kids know when they’re good enough, they know they’re old enough.
“Shola has been training with us now for a little while, and has done really well, this was thenext step up.
“In the last transfer window we let a few players go out on loan, which made the path for him shorter and I’m sure he’ll remember his five or six minutes on the pitch tonight.”
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Shoretire’s maiden appearance comes just days after fellow youngster AmadDiallo made his bow in the Europa League round-of-32 against Real Sociedad following his arrival from Atalanta, making him the latest starlet to step up to first-team action.
Though the midfielder is unlikely to see signficant action going forward across the rest of the campaign, it still reflects a show of faith from Solskjaer, who has made no secret of his desire to promote from within at the club whenpossible.
James Garner, currently midway througha season-long spell with Nottingham Forest, Milton Keynes Dons-based Ethan Laird and Derby Country loaneeTeden Mengi representsome of the other players the Norwegian has blooded since his arrival.
ThoughShoretire has benefited from their absence to find a place on the United bench, he too will likely spend time next season out on a short-term basis with another club, as Solskjaer looks to ensure his players can flourish with senior experience.
Source : goal.com