Manchester United teenager Shola Shoretire etched his name in Man United history books on Thursday night, becoming the club’s youngest ever player in a European match.
The teenager replaced another academy graduate, Mason Greenwood in the 76th minute to earn the title, aged 17 years and 23 days.
The previous record-holder was Norman Whiteside, who was 108 days older than Shoretire when he played in a 0-0 home draw against Valencia in the UEFA Cup on 15 September 1982.
The youngster was elated to have made his mark, and he took to his social media to celebrate his achievement.
“What a feeling to make my European debut! To become United’s youngest ever player in Europe is an incredible honour and a proud moment for me and my family! On to the next round.”
Speaking after the match, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the Nigerian-born.
“Shola’s got some skills, attributes that we think are going to make him a very good player here,” Solskjaer said after the game:
“It’s a platform of course tonight – just 15 minutes – so it’s something to build on, something for him to remember at Old Trafford. If the fans had been here, he would have enjoyed it more because they give you so much more energy. Football is strange at the moment, it is different, but I’m sure all the fans will see him later on.”
Here are some key dates in Shoretire’s Man United career so far;
Monday 8 February: Signs his first professional contract
Thursday 18 February: Named in a senior matchday squad for the first time
Sunday 21 February: Makes his first-team debut, as a sub against Newcastle United
Thursday 25 February: Plays in his first senior European match