Manchester United were so in control against Newcastle that they could afford to offer a 17-year-old his debut.

Shola Shoretire replaced Marcus Rashford for the final few minutes, with the game as good as over. It was no doubt an incredibly proud moment for him and his family.

Shoretire is one to watch in the coming years, but should he be wearing black and white instead of red?

Despite representing Manchester United, the forward was actually born in the north east.

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While it’s excellent to see such a young player getting an opportunity in the Premier League, it’s disappointing that it wasn’t for Newcastle.

Shoretire’s youth was spent with the likes of Hebburn Town and Wallsend Boys Club. However, by the age of 10 he had left the north east.

Despite coming from the area, Newcastle United missed out on a possible future star.

However, it might not be the club’s fault in this instance.


Life gets in the way of Shola Shoretire coming to Newcastle

According to former Magpie Lee Clark, Shoretire’s parents were offered jobs in the Manchester area, forcing the family to relocate.

While this one is down to circumstance, it’s always disappointing to see a local lad getting his big break away from Newcastle.

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The north east has produced some incredible footballers over the years, but they don’t always end up at Newcastle.

From Alan Shearer to Michael Carrick, so many talented players have come from the north east but failed to come through the Newcastle academy.

It seems as though a possible future with Newcastle was taken out of Shoretire’s hands.

However, if Premier League and England stardom comes his way, it will be sad knowing that he could have been a Magpie.

And the inevitable ‘Geordie Shoretire’ headlines will be unbearable.

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