Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promotes four Man Utd academy stars ahead of Wolves clash

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promoted four academy prospects ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Wolves.

The quintet of youngsters have been training with the first team ahead of the game against Nuno Espirito Santos’ side.

One of those involved at Carrington was Ethan Laird, who has been a regular recently in defence for the U23s.

The 19-year-old England youth international will provide back up for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back, an area where United don’t have an awful lot of cover.

Will Fish was also spotted training with the first team after a run of impressive games with the U23s side.

Fish, who is still only 17, has risen right through the academy ranks, and captained the U16s last season.

Versatile forward Anthony Elanga has also been given the nod to train with the first team, having featured in every U23s game so far this season, and bagging four goals.

The Sweden U17 international can play on both wings and up front, meaning he could be a great option off the bench.

Finally, there is plenty of excitement around the next man to be called up – Shola Shoretire.

Shoretire became the youngster player ever to appear in the UEFA Youth Cup at 14, and has gone from strength to strength since then.

Under-18 coach Neil Ryan said of the winger earlier this year: "Good players can enjoy the big stage. [Shoretire] is a really exciting player.

“He’s evolving and developing, can play a number of different positions, he showed a great maturity I thought."

United’s clash against Wolves kicks off at 8pm on Tuesday night.

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And ahead of the game, Solskjaer spoke about the difficulties of playing so many games in a short space of time.

“This year has been a strange one,” said the Norwegian.

“When you play for Man United you get used to the rhythm of playing, recovering, playing, recovering and I also have a big squad, so you have to prepare them physically and mentally.

“We're more and more consistent in the way we want to play and press and the way we want to be, on the ball and off the ball, so with the season as it is there aren't many weeks you have to do preparation on the grass.”

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