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Angel Gomes justifies decision to leave Manchester United, says player’s father

Angel Gomes has impressed since leaving Manchester United and inspired a shock win for Boavista over Benfica on Monday.

The former Manchester United youngster scored and grabbed an assist as Boavista ran out shock 3-0 winners against lead leaders Benfica last night.

The 20-year-old left Old Trafford after playing just 19 minutes in the Premier League last term, so it’s difficult to argue with his reasons for departing the club, especially when you consider he’s playing week in week out.

Gomes made his Manchester United debut aged 16 under Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho.

After coming through the academy, Gomes was a popular talent among United’s fan base who follow the youth teams, but he was unable to make the same impression when he played for the first team.

Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have all kicked on but Gomes’s path into Solskjaer’s was blocked by the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and new arrival Donny van de Beek.

Not to mention Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard were ahead of Gomes in the manager’s pecking order.

After signing a five-year deal with Lille he immediately joined Boavista on loan.

Gomes scored the opener from the penalty spot against Benfica after earning the penalty himself. He also provided an assist in their 3-0 victory over the Portuguese giants.

His father said Gomes’ form explains his decision to leave Old Trafford.

“He accepted the challenge of Luis Campos to sign with Lille and relaunch his career at Boavista on loan from the French club, and now he is on the right track, he still has a lot to show,” Gil Homes to TSF.

“Angel managed to show a path to the future by being one of the youngest to make his debut for Manchester United when the coach was Jose Mourinho, and that also helped a lot.”

Read more: Bruno Fernandes shares charming reaction after ex-United player inspires 3-0 win over Benfica

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