Man Utd wonderkid snubs Barcelona and Juventus after Marcus Rashford chat – Mirror Online

Marcus Rashford has helped persuade a highly-rated prospect his future is at Old Trafford amid interest from Barcelona and Juventus.

The two European giants have been sending scouts to keep tabs on 17-year-old wonderkid Shola Shoretire, who is currently cutting his cloth in United’s academy.

Bayern Munich and PSG are also aware of Shoretire’s talents, with the winger one of the most sought-after talents in Europe.

United have unsurprisingly been keen to tie the teenager down to the club long-term now he is old enough to sign professional terms, and they look to have succeeded.

As reports the Daily Mail, Shoretire has turned down approaches from Europe’s elite in favour of chasing his dream in Manchester.

Shola Shoretire has rejected advances from Europe's elite to stay at Man Utd
Shola Shoretire has rejected advances from Europe’s elite to stay at Man Utd
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And it seems Rashford played a big part in that decision after Shoretire discussed his options with the United striker.

Mason Greenwood and Michael Owen are also thought to have offered advice to Shoretire, who has only just turned 17.

Despite his tender years, he has already been playing in United’s under-23 side and is tipped to make his first-team debut this season.

That could prove difficult given United are challenging for major honours on three fronts, but shows how highly Shoretire is thought of by coaches and staff.

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Shoretire can play on either flank – though favours the left – as well as as a central striker, similar to both Rashford and Greenwood.

The successful pathway travelled by both stars into United’s senior set-up will no doubt have buoyed Shoretire and convinced him he has a strong chance of following suit, particularly given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s penchant for giving youth a chance.

His promise was spotted early by United, who handed him his debut in the UEFA Youth League when he was just 14 – the youngest in the club’s history.

That is not unusual for Shoretire though, who has been consistently playing above his age group throughout his youth career.

The 17-year-old has already been performing well in United's under 23s
The 17-year-old has already been performing well in United’s under 23s
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United coach Neil Wood said last year: “He is very mature for his age, the way he plays, he does a lot of work, takes a lot of positions up, and he has played a lot of roles.

“He’s played [number] nine, he’s played left, he’s played on the right, he’s played 10 and whatever you ask him to do – on and off the ball – he is going to do it. You can trust him to do that job.

“He is very young and doing excellent for the age of him. I am not expecting him to be man of the match or [a] main figure of the [under-23] team, because he is so young, but he’s not going on that pitch and drowning or anything.

“He has probably been one of our most consistent outstanding performers throughout the season.”

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