Of all Manchester United’s exciting teenagers, Angel Gomes is among the best.
The attacking midfielder has been making waves at youth level for years and big things are expected of the 18-year-old.
He was expected to head out on loan last month. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival meant Gomes was promoted rather than temporarily cast aside.
But that does not mean Gomes should be at United next season. In fact, a loan spell with Oldham Athletic could be ideal for all concerned.
After all, the Latics’ new manager is the very man Gomes could emulate at Old Trafford – Paul Scholes.
Scholes will be hoping to guide Oldham to League One next season, and Gomes could benefit from a year in England’s third tier, playing week in, week out.
While the midfielder could get a few minutes here and there at United, he would be integral for Oldham. He would also be able to learn first-hand from Scholes, who knows a thing or two about succeeding in Manchester.
Solskjaer was right to keep Gomes close this season. He can learn in first-team training and get used to the Norwegian’s ethos.
But next year he will want to play regularly and, if Scholes wants him, there are few managers who could be better for the short-term development of the teenager.