Angel Gomes had to get over any Manchester United heartbreak he was suffering in order to succeed at Lille.
The 21-year-old has earned his first England U21 call-up for the Euro 2023 qualifiers versus Slovenia and Andorra.
This comes after the form he’s shown for Lille.
In 2020, after leaving United at the end of his contract, he signed for the French side before spending last season on loan at Portuguese outfit Boavista, scoring six goals in 30 appearances.
Gomes was not part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans and it was best for all parties involved for him to move on, though I am sure many feel that United lost a highly talented young player.
“I wouldn’t say I doubted myself, but there were times when you’d get upset and think back. In football there is no time for that,” Gomes said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“You are leaving your home and that was the most difficult thing, knowing you are not going to be there any more.
“For me it was getting it out of your head and seeing the new challenge in front and tackling that.
“Leaving the club you have grown up at and have been raised at is always difficult. There was a lot of pressure and a lot of negativity which came from that.
“It’s my job as a professional and a young player to be able to deal with that and continue doing what I’ve been raised to do – which is play football.
“My main focus was to show that on the pitch and leave the media and other things which come with it to the side.”
During his time at United, Gomes became the youngest player since Duncan Edwards in 1953 to make his debut for the club, aged 16 years and 263 days in May 2017 against Crystal Palace.