Manchester United Football Club have always been pretty good when it comes to developing young up-and-comers and handing them first-team opportunities.
Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood are the leading examples that others will look to follow. However, one player United have seemingly made a mistake with is Angel Gomes.
The attacking-midfielder has been used sparingly this term and with just five months left on his current deal, the Manchester Evening News state that United risk losing the 19-year-old this summer on a free transfer.
Apparently, United wouldn’t sanction a deadline day loan move for a player with a winding down contract, while Gomes wanted a short-term deal in which he’d move to another Premier League club.
Furthermore, United remain in contract discussions with the Englishman, though he was ‘underwhelmed’ by the club’s proposal…
This whole situation has been an absolute mess. After an excellent pre-season tour, Gomes would’ve felt like he deserved more opportunities than he has been given. However, that hasn’t materialised.
Now the ball is in Gomes’ court. He could walk away for free and sign a mega-money contract elsewhere, preferably to a club who’d hand him minutes week-in-week-out.
I wouldn’t blame Gomes if he wanted to walk away. I’d like to think that United will be able to sort out satisfactory terms in regards to a new deal, but I just don’t think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced as to what Gomes can bring to the table – otherwise he would’ve made more of an effort…