Manchester United have always had rich history and traditions when it comes to giving youth a chance. Although Jose Mourinho hasn’t really done that in his managerial career, his hand was kind of forced over the weekend, when youth players galore were given their opportunities.
We saw starts given to Josh Harrop, Scott McTominay, Joel Pereira and Demetri Mitchell. All of these guys played outstandingly well, but perhaps the biggest story was Angel Gomes getting some first-team minutes.
At just sixteen, Gomes became the first 21st century-born player to ply his trade in the Premier League which tells you all you need to know about his talents. It is truly unheard of, and it does make you feel rather old considering he was born in the year 2000.
Now, Gomes has received backing from one of his former coaches at Manchester United, Paul McGuiness. The man who has managed teams at United’s academy for 23 years likened Gomes to Andreas Iniesta and David Silva, and also claimed that if he was Brazilian, we’d be absolutely raving about this young man.
“He’s a real talent,” McGuiness said, as per Sky Sports. “If he was Brazilian, people would be raving about him and, if he was six inches taller, people would be going mad.”
“I suppose that’s our country. People doubt players if they’re short in stature but no-one is doubting Andres Iniesta or David Silva. He’s got the potential to be that type of player and, in England, you just don’t get many players like that.”
If you’ve watched him play at least once for the youth team this season, you know just how good he can be. His potential is out of this world, and to get such a show of faith from Mourinho can only help him confidence-wise.
I guess all he needs is time. Alright, it was nice for him to get out on the field but I don’t think we’ll see him regularly anytime soon. That’s just the nature of the game, and given another year with the youth sides, and perhaps a loan move under his belt. Then, he may be ready.