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Shola Shoretire named Manchester United Young Player of the Year

Shola Shoretire has been awarded the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year for 2020/21.

The award is given to the young players who have made a significant impact at the junior level. 

The title generally gives recognition to a youngster who is being touted as the next big thing for the club.

Over the years, United have churned out some great talents from their academy. 

Some of the recent winners of this accolade are Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Elanga, Angel Gomes and Axel Tuanzebe.

Shoretire has featured prominently for Under-23s this season in addition to playing for the U18 team.

He is United’s top scorer in the Premier League 2 with 10 goals. 

This is a fantastic feat, especially considering he just turned 17 three months ago.

Shoretire’s impressive performances haven’t unnoticed as Ole Gunnar Solskjær handed him his Premier League and Europa League debuts this campaign. 

This made him the youngest player in United’s history to feature in European competition.

Last week, he was officially promoted to United’s first-team squad which suggests that Solskjaer may use him more often next season.

After being honoured with the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, Shoretire said: “It means a lot to me and I’m sure it means a lot to my family as well.

“Especially with the history of the award and the players who have won it before me. 

“I feel very proud to have won it and very thankful to everyone who has helped me to achieve it.

“I think, at the start of the season, it was a big step for me, going from the Under-18s to the Under-23s. 

“But I think, with my teammates’ help in training and welcoming me into the team, that’s really helped me kick on with the Under-23s to have a successful season. 

“So it’s also thanks to them that they’ve helped me progress into first-team training so I am very thankful to teammates in the Under-23s.”

The Red Devils are due to face Wolves in their last Premier League game of the season on Sunday.

The manager has already indicated that Shoretire may see a few minutes of action in a bid to rest key players for Wednesday’s Europa League final.