Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demonstrated his commitment to playing young players by bringing on Angel Gomes in just his second game in charge of the club.
Gomes made his debut at the end of Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge. This proved to be nothing other than a hollow gesture, with a lack of further opportunities forthcoming.
The talented young midfielder believes he can have a proper crack at first team football under Solskjaer.
Gomes said: “I think United is about bringing youth through and I think with the new manager and how things are going, it is there for the taking really.”
Giving a chance to one young player can inspire others, and prompt the entire academy to raise their game.
Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, and James Garner are among the young talents at United hoping to follow Gomes into the first team.
Gomes said he was given a simple message by Solskjaer before coming off the substitute’s bench against Huddersfield.
He said: “He told me to enjoy myself, get on the pitch, come inside, get on the ball and get as many touches as I can and to enjoy the atmosphere, I tried to do that and it was a great experience.
“It’s just the start and whichever team I play for, the Reserves, in the Youth League or the first team, I will give it my all and I will take every opportunity as it comes.”
Gomes highlighted just how young he is, adding: “For me to learn from a manager like Solskjaer is great and the other younger lads too because growing up we were all watching him. It is a great feeling.”
The 18-year-old has been in excellent form for the academy this season.
In eight games for the under-23s he has four goals and two assists, and he has also scored once in the under-19s UEFA Youth League.
Nicky Butt has also been experimenting playing Gomes as a deep lying midfielder, adding an extra facet to his game.
Gomes will just be happy to be on the pitch wherever he plays under Solskjaer. The fact he is getting a chance is a very encouraging sign.