View: Shola Shoretire is game-changer Manchester United desperately need
Manchester United huffed and puffed to try and beat Newcastle United on Sunday (16 October) but they just couldn’t find a way through.
The Magpies held firm to hold onto a draw but Erik Ten Hag’s senior side weren’t the only Red Devils to finish their weekend game level as the Under-21s snatched a point from Chelsea.
They were 3-1 down in the 94th minute of the game at Kingsmeadow but then came Shola Shoretire who scored in the 95th and 96th minutes of the game to see it end 3-3.
That kind of game-changing ability is what is currently severely lacking from Ten Hag’s senior side and perhaps it is soon time for the Dutchman to promote the England youth international to first-team status.
He hasn’t helped himself by shunning the teenager back to the Under-21s dressing room after new signings at Old Trafford came in and took his spot in the Carrington changing rooms.
But what has been abundantly clear so far is that the likes of Anthony Elanga and others have not been good enough to turn draws into wins or defeats into draws this season.
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Shoretire might be very inexperienced at the senior level but he does have that aura that he can be the man to make the difference if he gets the chance.
That is all he needs now. A chance.
If he isn’t going to play for the Red Devils on a semi-regular basis then Ten Hag has to let him leave on loan in January because he is now beyond playing Under-21 football given his talents with the ball.
Elanga might be another who needs a loan but he is at least getting on the bench as is Facundo Pellistri although he is yet to feature often for United.
In other Manchester United news, this youth football expert was not at all surprised with the price they paid to sign this young superstar in the summer.