Hannibal and Shola Shoretire represent everything that the new wave of Manchester is about. We sat down with two of Carrington’s biggest talents to discuss what makes the 'Pulsebeat of Manchester'.
Manchester is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Built on a solid foundation of hard work, music and a diehard passion for football. This trifecta is manifested by the youth of the city.
United by these common interests, it’s only right that Manchester United dedicated their new adidas fourth kit to the 'Pulsebeat of Manchester'. Created in collaboration with legendary art director Peter Saville, Manchester United’s latest kit references his iconic, era-defining 'Unknown Pleasures' artwork created for Joy Division back in 1979.
The kit pays homage to the city's musical heritage while celebrating the culture and energy driving the club - and city - forward into the future.
Despite hailing from Newcastle and North-East Paris, Shola Shoretire and Hannibal are both now sons of Mancunian soil. Both have made strides in their young careers having made first team debuts, and also aspire to take United back to the promised land.
It’s a Tuesday morning at Carrington and both players are on their way back from respective sessions having played the night before. Shola arrives first from a recovery session in the same cool, calm and collected fashion that has seen him go from Academy Player of the Year to one of the hottest prospects in the country.
As we set up to start talking, Shola's phone starts ringing. It turns out it’s none other than Hannibal himself, calling him via Snapchat - an app they use to speak to each other constantly. “I’ll be there in 6 minutes and 37 seconds”, is how Hannibal signs off in an effortlessly cool and precisely Parisian manner. Moments later he arrives and daps up Shola who he has become close with, despite now training with the first team.
Their bond is epitomised by a moment of what real brotherhood looks like. Hannibal is trying to ready himself for the shoot before realising he does not have a hairband. As a member of the 'Long Hair Don’t Care' society himself, Shola hands his teammate his only spare hairband, something he's quick to tell Hannibal: "that's my last one bro, you better not lose that!"
As the two continue to change into the new kit, I can’t help but compliment Hannibal on his adidas x Ivy Park Navy Corduroy tracksuit. “Only I can pull it off like this,” Hannibal smirks as the entire room bursts into laughter. We're quick to realise we're not just in the presence of two future superstars, but two young gents who really understand the importance of being personable.
We connected with two of Carrington’s biggest prospects to talk us through their love of music, the importance of heritage, and why they represent the new 'Pulsebeat of Manchester' better than anyone else.