Angel Gomes is among a bunch of extremely talented youngsters trying to break into the Manchester United first-team.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will try to give all of his young players an opportunity to prove themselves, but Gomes has built quite the reputation in United’s academy down the years.
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At times this season, I thought Gomes looked a bit bored playing in the youth teams, as though he feels ready to make the big step up.
But that decision comes down to Solskjaer and Gomes must wait patiently for his chances.
Speaking with Soccer Bible, Gomes has thanked Marcus Rashford for his guidance at the club.
“Marcus Rashford I’d say. I was in digs with him since U12 level through to U16s and a little bit of U18s. We grew up together and he’s gone on to be such a big part of the first team.
“He’s always been someone I’ve looked up to as a role model. He’s two age groups above me so I would always see him around, and when we were in digs we’d watch videos of players and that sort of stuff.
“Seeing what he has achieved only makes me want to work harder. I’ve seen him go through the academy and into the first team and he’s done that by working extremely hard.”
Gomes sounds pretty grounded in the interview quoted above. As long as he can back up what he says, United could have their hands on a very special young player.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to find a club to take Gomes on loan next season. He’s technically gifted and versatile enough to play a number of attacking roles.
Tahith Chong is another youngster who should be sent out on loan next for a season to experience regular first-team football.