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Nigerian shines in Man United pre-season opener

Nigerian youngster, Shola Shoretire grabbed an assist as Manchester United defeated Derby 2-1 in a pre-season opener.

The 17-year-old, who made his breakthrough to the Red Devils first team last season following his brilliant performances for the reserves, enjoyed a good 45 minutes against the Championship side as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched from the sidelines.

New signing Tom Heaton made his Man United debut and marked it with a top-draw save to prevent defender Curtis Davies from giving the Rams an early lead. The away side quickly settled and Tahith Chong put them in front with a simple finish to end the first half 1-0.

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Shoretire replaced Anthony Elanga at the start of the second half and made an immediate impact as he received a pass from fellow substitute Jesse Lingard – turned and played in Facundo Pellistri, who rounded the goalkeeper before scoring to make it 2-0.

Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney was the Coach of Derby and would’ve enjoyed how well his side stayed in the game as Colin Kazim-Richards pulled one back to end the match 2-1.

New signing from Borussia Dortmund, Jadon Sancho is yet to join up with the rest of his Manchester United teammates as he alongside Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, Dean Henderson, Edinson Cavani, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Scot McTominay and Paul Pogba are expected on August 1 after the Euro 2020 and Copa America tournaments.

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