The previous record holder was Norman Whiteside, who was 108 days older than Shoretire when he played in a continental fixture for the first time.
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Curiously, the competition, venue, scoreline and nationality of the opponents, Spanish, were all the same. United drew 0-0 at home to Valencia in the UEFA Cup, the Europa League’s former guise, when Whiteside made his debut in Europe, on 15 September 1982.
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