Angel Gomes made significant progress in pre-season for United.
There is so much to be excited about, yet in the background, is the fact his current contract expires next summer.
Alongside a deal for David de Gea, giving Gomes a new contract must be United’s top, top, priority.
Gomes’ winning goal in pre-season against Tottenham was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what he is capable of.
He proved in pre-season that his slight stature is not a drawback, and that his quick movement and technical ability shine through.
Alongside Mason Greenwood, Gomes is our most exciting youngster and is key to the club’s future.
His potential is one credible reason why United did not spend big on a Bruno Fernandes type this summer.
That falls down and becomes inexplicable if the club allow Gomes to walk away for free next summer.
Gomes starred for the under-21s in a win over Rotherham in the EFL Trophy last week. He did not make the first team bench against Chelsea last weekend, and probably won’t against Wolves on Monday either.
Marcus Rashford said it best earlier today when he told United’s website that Gomes needs game time.
Rashford said: “He’s a clever kid so he can manipulate his body to get in good positions, without necessarily using the physical side of the game.
“He’s a very clever player and you just want those players to keep developing and, the way to do that, is to get game time.”
Rashford is evidence of a player who can thrive when thrust into the spotlight.
Gomes should get his chances, especially in the Europa League, which could act as a gateway to Premier League opportunities.
It all looks rosy for Gomes and United, aside from the contract worry. The MEN have previously claimed Barcelona are interested.
In today’s market, Gomes is worth millions. Letting him walk away for free would be unthinkable, another Paul Pogba scenario, and would undo so much good work.
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