Manchester United’s on-field problems have been evident, but that’s nothing a good transfer window cannot fix, right? Well, at least that’s what I’m telling myself anyway…
Things could be about to get worse before they get better, mind, with Portuguese media outlet A Bola (see image below), translated brilliantly by Sport Witness, claiming that Angel Gomes could be ‘on the verge’ of departing from Old Trafford.
Apparently, the 18-year-old feels as though another season playing at youth level isn’t what he needs if he’s to ‘continue to evolve’ as a footballer. Gomes wants a bigger challenge and is considering approaches from Paris Saint-Germain and other, unnamed clubs.
Gomes is also unhappy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s advice as the manager told the player he’d need to be more physically ready. The London-born attacking-midfielder pointed to players like Lionel Messi and Bernardo Silva, who’re both thriving at the highest level.
I get where Gomes is coming from, particularly when you look at how poorly the side have been playing recently. Seeing Mason Greenwood leapfrog him into the team must’ve contributed to his concerns, but unless Solskjaer has specifically told him he’s set to spend another year with the reserves then I don’t know what the issue is.
Ander Herrera is leaving and Juan Mata may not be far behind, perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to blood Gomes into the first-team setup ala Andreas Pereira last summer.
But, if Gomes’ heart is elsewhere (although I’m not sure why he thinks he’s getting into PSG’s team any time soon), then so be it and let him leave. Don’t forget that buy-back clause, though…