Angel Gomes and Largie Ramazani needed Manchester United exit to ensure moments of magic

Angel Gomes and Largie Ramazani could have stayed at Manchester United.

The exciting young duo were offered new contracts but opted to move on. And their decisions are reaping rich rewards.

Gomes signed for Lille then headed on loan to Boavista, and the 20-year-old has shone. Four goals and six assists show what he is capable of, with one strike sticking in the mind.

The attacking midfielder scored from the halfway line against Moreirense, just a few days after a hat-trick of assists on his Liga Nos debut.

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That strike was bettered this month when Ramazani pulled a Beckham, lobbing the ‘keeper from his own half for Almeria B.

Ramazani’s move to Spain seems sensible, with the Belgian winger featuring 19 times for the second-tier outfit this far.

With three goals and one assist to date, he is making his mark. Yet it was for the reserves where his quality really shone through.

It is a reminder of his quality and shows why United wanted to keep him.

The fact that two former United youngsters have scored blinders this season speaks volumes. They would not have done the same at Old Trafford, when given a few minutes here and there.

Change was vital

Gomes and Ramazani needed consistency and faith in their first-team readiness to release the shackles.

Ramazani’s strike may have come for the B team, but his regular runouts for the senior side gave him that confidence to stand out.

United fans would have loved both him and Gomes to remain. But, if Donny van de Beek cannot get a game, what chance would they have had?

Players so often come alive when they are given a home where they feel comfortable expressing themselves.

At United, Gomes and Ramazani would have known that the spotlight was on their every first-team kick (of which there were few). Now they can blossom.

It will be exciting to see what the future holds for both.

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.