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Angel Gomes is 18-years old, born in England while also having citizenship from Portugal. He is the cousin of former United player Luis Nani. Gomes joined United’s academy at the age of 7 and has made his way up through the age groups to where he is now, the captain of the U23’s.
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Even though he has represented England at youth level, it is still unclear if England will be his nation to represent at senior level or could he possibly be persuaded to follow in Nani’s footsteps and represent Portugal. With Gomes’s potential being well documented Aidy Boothroyd, Gareth Southgate will be stupid not to take notice of him and make sure he continues on England’s path.
These performances weren’t going un-noticed because United manager attended a few of these games and must have left very impressed because when injuries hit the main team Gomes got his opportunities. Making two appearances off the bench, one coming on Boxing Day and another in the final game of the season. While also being named as a substitute in United’s 3-2 win over Southampton in March and also for that special comeback in Paris in the Champions League Round of 16.
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Why could this be an important pre-season for Gomes? It’s defiantly not do or die for the young man because he will have plenty of time and opportunities under the new structure that United are creating, but considering Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his staff are looking to concentrate more on the youthful side at United. Put that with United being light in midfield at the moment and the uncertainty of Paul Pogba’s future, this could be the ideal time for the young man to show everyone at United what he’s about and is capable of performing at the top level.