Nigerian descent, Shola Shoretire, has been named Manchester United’s Young Player of the Year for the 2020/2021 season.
Shoretire, 17, finished the Premier League 2 campaign as top scorer with 10 goals in 21 appearances.
The teenager eventually earned himself a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
He made his Premier League debut against Newcastle United on February 21 and four days later, he became the youngest player to play for Manchester United in a European competition, after he replaced Mason Greenwood in their goalless draw against Real Sociedad.
“It means a lot to me and I’m sure it means a lot to my family as well,” Shoretire told the club website.
“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.
“Looking at the trophy today and seeing Ryan Giggs has won it twice, Wes Brown, some of the recent ones as well like Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Angel Gomes, seeing them and seeing I’m on the same path that they were on as well, shows how well United are doing through the Academy and getting people into the first team.
“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 my teammates in the Under-23s.”