Angel Gomes’ omission from the under-23s squad indicates he is under consideration for his first Premier League appearance of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed at his Friday press conference that two of Manchester United’s key attacking threats Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba are ruled out of tomorrows game against Leicester City. Jesse Lingard is also doubtful.
Both Gomes and Tahith Chong weren’t named in tonight’s under-23s line-up, and nor was Mason Greenwood, which could mean that three of the clubs most exciting academy prospects could feature in the clash against the Foxes.
Solskjaer will probably opt for a mixture of youth and experience in his attacking department with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James being supported by Juan Mata.
However, the Norwegian could call upon the exciting academy trio of Gomes, Chong and Mason Greenwood from the bench if United are needing a moment of inspiration.
Could this be his breakthrough moment?
Fans have been calling for Gomes’ involvement in the first team squad and he showed why in his last appearance for the under-23 side.
In his last United outing against West Ham United, he picked the ball up in the final third, he glided past two opponents before driving the ball high into the corner of the net.
The 18-year-old also impressed in pre-season with his delightful solo goal against Tottenham, which highlighted the youngsters quick feet and composure in front of goal.
United were crying out for Gomes’ creativity when trailing Crystal Palace at home but Solskjaer has been hesitant in Gomes’ progression.
With the Under-17 World Cup winner out-of-contract at the end of the season, first team opportunities could prove crucial in Gomes’ contract talks.
Under-23 football isn’t where Gomes wants to be playing his football. He’s simply too good and outgrown it. The 18-year-old needs to be at the very least in United’s matchday 18 man squad, if not a weekly starter in his favoured number 10 position.
With Lingard struggling to stamp his authority on games, maybe it’s time for Solskjaer to give Gomes an extended run in the side.
Solskjaer could make a big statement by giving Gomes a starting place against Leicester.
United fans just want him to be given a chance. 20 minutes from the bench would be a step in the right direction.
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