Well, it has been a long wait, 102 days to be exact, since Manchester United Football Club took to the field.
COVID-19 is seemingly on the decline, allowing football to return, albeit not as we know (and love) it. Matches will be played behind-closed-doors in a somewhat eerie atmosphere but at least we have something to look forward to, eh?
Yesterday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conducted his first pre-match press conference since March and it was good to see the boss looking in good spirits ahead of a return. Amongst the topics of discussion were injury news, Marcus Rashford and contract situations. After all, some deals tend to run out at the end of June – this year, the season won’t be completed by then which definitely complicates things.
Angel Gomes is the name on the back pages at the moment. His deal expires in just over a week, with much debate about whether he’ll actually stay. Well, Solskjaer admitted that an agreement between United and the mega-talented teenager is ‘not too far away’, with the Reds hopeful he’ll sign a new deal…
“With Angel, he’s a top kid we’ve had at the club for so many years, we’ve offered him a deal and hopefully he’ll take that and if not I wish him all the best. From what I understand, it’s not too far away. If not, we’ll wish him all the best.” Solskjaer told reporters, including the Manchester Evening News.
Now it’s by no means signed and sealed but United’s stance seems pretty clear – take this contract, or walk away for nothing. Again, this could just be some public posturing by the Old Trafford club, but the Reds shouldn’t be bullied into giving into anyone’s demands – not less a teenager who has only played a handful of first-team games.
I think we all want him to stay. He’s a talented young man who could go all the way to the top. However, I’m yet to be convinced by his first-team performances. He had an excellent pre-season tour but those are friendly games and that’s totally different.
For now, I hope Gomes puts pen on paper, impresses over what’s likely to be a shortened pre-season before finally making a positive impact at the highest level.