For Manchester United, injuries have struck at the worst possible time.
The Red Devils have been dealt two hammer blows, with both Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard ruled out of action for the next few weeks. The absence of the pair was dearly felt in the second-half of the game against Paris Saint-Germain. Up top, we looked stagnant.
However, one’s loss has the potential to be another’s gain. United has always been a hotbed for producing young talent, just ask Marcus Rashford, who is flourishing at the moment.
With Alexis Sanchez the only natural wide man who is fit and available right now, others must step up. It’s also gutting to hear that Mason Greenwood is currently sidelined with a problem. He’d have been perfect to throw in at the deep end.
United still have two players whom they can call upon; Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes.
Chong actually made his debut in the FA Cup clash against Reading back in January. The fluffy-haired Dutchman is immensely gifted, there’s no getting away from that.
He did look a little lightweight, though, but it’s clear that this lad has huge potential. Naturally, Chong is a right-winger by trade which has probably been United’s biggest area of need over the next few years. Chances are, he won’t start against Chelsea later tonight, but if we need a spark off the substitutes bench, it could be his time to shine.
The other name is Gomes. He made his debut under Jose Mourinho but has somewhat been forgotten about due to Greenwood and Chong’s emergence. The 18-year-old has been at the club since 2006 which is crazy when you think about it.
Gomes has been in top form for the U18 side this season and he has patiently been waiting for his chance under Solskjaer. I doubt he’d get to play against Chelsea tomorrow, but going forward, the attacker is a brilliant option to have.
Who knows, if one more injury in an attacking area is picked up, both Chong and Gomes may even get the chance to start in Premier League games. As the old saying goes, if you’re good enough, you’re old enough. There is no time like the present…