Man Utd academy duo in line for Premier League debuts

Date published: Sunday 21st February 2021 3:59 - Will Ford

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Manchester United academy duo Amad and Shola Shoretire could make their Premier League debuts after being included in the squad to face Newcastle on Sunday.

The pair were on the bench for the first leg of United’s Europa League last-32 tie against Real Sociedad on Thursday, with Amad coming on briefly in the second half.


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They were spotted arriving with the rest of the squad to The Lowry hotel on Sunday, reports the Mirror.

Their inclusion could be due to injuries, as Solskjaer admitted Scott McTominay, Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek were all facing late fitness tests on Saturday.

Speaking prior to the trip to Turin in the week, Solskjaer said of the youngsters: “Yeah they’re in the travelling squad. Not just for experience, they’re there to make an impact if they have to.

“The two boys have done well in training and they are talents that we want to give experience to.”

He added: “It’s one of the things we do with our youngsters. They come in and they travel, step-by-step, layer-by-layer and suddenly they’re on the pitch.

“That’s the thing – we do have a plan and a programme in place that we try to stick to.

“Obviously when there are injuries or absentees or illness then maybe they’ll get the chance before we expected, but the two of them have done well.”

United’s preparations for the match were disrupted by an outbreak of Covid-19 in camp.

Nicky Butt and Mark Dempsey will now be joining Solskjaer in the dugout as the usual United backroom team have been forced to self-isolate.

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