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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear he expects Amad to make his debut soon after being promoted to the first-team squad. And two more rising stars could soon be knocking on the manager’s door following their impressive performances for the under-23s.
Amad is in the Red Devils squad for Sunday’s Premier League clash against West Brom, having been on the bench for the midweek FA Cup victory over West Ham.
The 18-year-old initially joined the under-23s after signing from Atalanta in the January transfer window.
But he was promoted to the first-team squad after three goals and three assists in just two games for the reserve side, and Solskjaer has identified him as a potential solution to the Red Devils’ right-wing problem.
But two other young players have been putting their hands up with their Premier League 2 performances – and one of them has already followed Amad into first-team training.
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Shola Shoretire signed his first professional contract after turning 17 earlier this month, and the winger been promoted to the first-team set-up for the foreseeable future.
Despite his tender age, Shoretire has played 14 games for the under-23s this season, scoring six goals and laying on three assists.
He was fast-tracked to first-team training after stepping up his goalscoring exploits recently, netting four in his last two Premier League 2 matches.
Joe Hugill, who is the same age as Shoretire, is another player who has been in fine scoring form.
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The centre-forward has fired in nine goals in 12 Premier League 2 appearances, as well as scoring six goals in four games in the Under-18 Premier League.
His strikingly similar record for two different teams suggests he is a natural goalscorer, and he will no doubt have his eye on leading the line for United in the future.
Another youngster set to be called up to first-team training is midfielder Hannibal Mejbri.
The 18-year-old joined from Monaco 18 months ago and has impressed at under-23 level, producing four goals and seven assists in 17 games in Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy this term.
There is plenty of competition in United’s first-team squad for midfield spots, with even summer signing Donny van de Beek struggling to get on the pitch.
So Mejbri will have to wait a while yet for his big break – and Solskjaer has confirmed that both Shoretire will continue to play for the under-23s while training with the first team.
“The young kids – yeah we’ve moved Shola up with us. Hannibal will probably join us and and we’ll keep them with us for a while,” Solskjaer confirmed on Friday.
“I think it’s the next step in their development. We’ve just got to take the hit on them that when they play for the reserves they have to travel by themselves.
“They’ve moved into our bubble. I think it’s a nice step for them; well deserved because they’ve done really well.”
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