Eagle-eyed Man Utd fans spot inspiring Maguire and Shoretire moment

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Manchester United fans have spotted an inspiring moment between captain Harry Maguire and youngster Shola Shoretire.

17-year-old Shoretire made his debut in United’s 3-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday, coming on for Marcus Rashford after 89 minutes.

He is highly-regarded by United and recently scored a hat-trick for their Under 23s side against Blackburn before being promoted to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s senior side.

Shoretire now regularly trains with Solskjaer’s men and flew out with them to Turin for last week’s Europa League clash with Real Sociedad.

Though he was an unused substitute in that game, the United boss opted to hand the midfielder his debut on Sunday evening.

Shoretire made his United debut against Newcastle

And Shoretire showed why he is so well thought of just moments after replacing Rashford on the left wing.

As he came on, Newcastle had a throw-in on United’s right-hand side which found its way to Ryan Frazer on the byline.

Frazer sent in a cross which went all the way to Emil Krafth, who had picked up a position just outside United’s penalty area on the left-hand side of their defence.

Shoretire was the closest United player to Krafth and immediately closed the Swedish right-back down.

He impressed when defending against Jacob Murphy

That forced Krafth to play the ball to Jacob Murphy who was wide of the box. But rather than follow the ball, Shoretire saw Luke Shaw had moved out of position to close Murphy down.

As a result, he chose to track Krafth’s run into the box and close off the passing lane between Murphy and his team-mate.

That earned Shoretire plaudits from captain Maguire, who could be seen applauding the debutant on BT Sport’s coverage after Murphy had shot over the bar.

Harry Maguire was seen applauding the 17-year-old

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It was not only Maguire who praised Shoretire for his defensive awareness, with United fans on Reddit also hailing the 17-year-old.

“Yeah, that’s really well done by Shola. Good awareness, quick reaction and good work ethic. It’s a small sample, but I hope he keeps it up,” one said.

“Really liked that he not only closed down, but he looked to follow the run/cut off return pass to Krafth immediately after. I think we often see some laziness in those types of defensive situations from our front 3,” another observed.

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