The midfielder became the latest academy starlet to graduate to senior status at Old Trafford, the latest in a promising trend seen in recent years

Marcus Rashford has paid tribute to debutant Shola Shoretire after the teenager made his first senior appearance for Manchester United on Sunday, saying the club’s willingness to hand youth stars opportunities was “in our DNA”.

Shoretire, wearing No. 74, became the latest academy product to graduate to senior status at Old Trafford when he was broughout on as a late second-half substitute by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Red Devils’ 3-1 win over Newcastle in the Premier League.

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.

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