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Man Utd star Shoretire: Why I look up to Mata

Manchester United midfielder, Shola Shoretire, has said he draws inspiration from senior teammate Juan Mata.

Despite his slight stature the Spaniard has enjoyed a successful career in one of Europe’s most physical leagues by adapting his play and thinking smartly when

His success is a huge inspiration to youngster Shoretire who is looking to follow in the footsteps of his mentor at United.

“I think since I started playing football, I’ve always played at least one year up,” Shoretire told official club media. “I think that has helped me a lot because you have to learn the game quicker as I’m not one of the big ones.

“So you have to be quite technical, I think, and I look up to Juan Mata. He’s not the tallest or the strongest but is probably one of the cleverest players I’ve seen play and played with. He is always two steps ahead. I admire him a lot.”

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Shoretire says he has also been seeking advice from previous graduates Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford about doing so.

He added: “Yeah, definitely. Like, when I’m in and around the training ground, on the pitch training, whenever we’re in between drills, I am always asking them questions because we’ve shared quite a few of the same experiences.

“I can learn from them, say from some of the experiences they’ve had in the past or things they want to help me with, they can advise me. So I can learn a lot from them on a daily basis.”

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