Shola Shoretire has been named the Jimmy Murphy Manchester United Young Player of the Year for 2020/21.
United made the announcement on their official website on Friday.
Shoretire has been rewarded for his performances, primarily for the Under-23s, although he did make a couple of outings for Neil Ryan’s Under-18s.
He joins an illustrious list of names of previous holders, which includes Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and, more recently, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
Shola only turned 17 in February but was top scorer in Neil Wood’s Premier League 2 side with 10 goals.
The Academy product has already made his Premier League debut, in the game against his hometown club Newcastle United at Old Trafford in February, and also appeared in the Europa League clash with Real Sociedad.
Speaking on the award Shoretire said:”It means a lot to me and I’m sure it means a lot to my family as well.
“Especially with the history of the award and the players who have won it before me. I feel very proud to have won it and very thankful to everyone who has helped me to achieve it.
“Looking at the trophy today and seeing Ryan Giggs has won it twice, Wes Brown, some of the recent ones as well like Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Angel Gomes, seeing them and seeing I’m on the same path that they were on as well, shows how well United are doing through the Academy and getting people into the first team.
“I think, at the start of the season, it was a big step for me, going from the Under-18s to the Under-23s. But I think, with my team-mates’ help in training and welcoming me into the team, that’s really helped me kick on with the Under-23s to have a successful season. So it’s also thanks to them that they’ve helped me progress into first-team training so I am very thankful to my team-mates in the Under-23s.”