It has been confirmed that Angel Gomes is no longer recognised as a Manchester United player after deciding to leave the club.
The 19-year-old joined United as a kid in 2006 and worked his way through the ranks before making his first team debut in the final game of the 2016-17 season, against Crystal Palace.
Unfortunately for Gomes, he was unable to become a mainstay at United or never really managed to break into the first team. Watching the likes of Brandon Williams, Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood break through may have put doubt in his mind about competing for a starting role.
And I don’t actually blame the lad for moving on in search of first team football if he believes that is what’s best for his career.
Surely when he considers his preferred playing role and looks at who is fighting for those places at United, he knows it’s going to take a huge leap to be playing games every week. With the arrival of Bruno Fernandes, alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, the Red Devils are finally showing signs of having a quality midfield again.
Manchester United released an official statement on Gomes, writing: “Manchester United can confirm that Angel Gomes has not taken up the offer of a new contract and has, therefore, left the club.
“The 19-year-old joined the Reds at a very young age and worked his way through the ranks before coming the first player born in the 2000s to represent the first team, as a substitute for Wayne Rooney in the final game of the 2016/17 season, against Crystal Palace.
“It meant he became the youngest player since Duncan Edwards to make his senior debut for the club, soon after being awarded the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award.
“The attacking midfielder made 10 senior appearances in total for the Reds — three of them starts, which all came in this season’s Europa League.
“His final outing came in the 4-0 defeat of Norwich City at Old Trafford in the Premier League in January.
“Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Angel the best of luck for the future and thank him for his efforts for the clubs.”