Angel Gomes reportedly had a loan move to an unnamed Premier League club blocked by Manchester United on deadline day, the MEN report.
While obviously disappointing for Gomes, United were never going to grant Gomes his wish.
With his contract remaining unsigned, letting him leave on loan would have been effectively waving goodbye to him now.
Oddly, a loan would have been in Gomes’ best interests, but it wasn’t in United’s.
We had said leading up to deadline day that United needed to speak to his representatives, and get a contract extension signed, so that he could go out on loan. Seemingly there was no compromise.
Very uncertain future
United are not blameless here. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave the impression in pre-season that Gomes would be a big part of his plans.
He has been used sparingly, in odd games, and when he has played, he has had to wait a month for the next one.
He came on in the Carabao Cup semi-final at Old Trafford, won the ball back, to set off the move which saw Marcus Rashford pull a goal back against City.
It was hoped that this could be a breakthrough moment. He was back on the bench days later against Norwich and has not played a part since.
Solskjaer has let Gomes down, especially considering the chances he has given to Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira, who have in turn let him down.
United were crying out for Gomes in the first half of the season, and wasted him. Now with Bruno Fernandes here, his chances are going to be even more limited.
So it was understandable why Gomes wanted to leave on loan, but United reportedly felt this would put him in the shop window for other teams in te summer when he stands to become a free agent.
The situation is a mess, and The Mail‘s report that Solskjaer blocked a loan move for Gomes in January 2019 is frustrating, as while without knowing the club and situation, that could have been a good chance for him to go out and play.
Gomes can’t be surprised his move was blocked, he had to know there was a slim prospect. But he’s entitled to feel let down by the lack of game time he has received.
Recently against Tranmere he travelled with the squad, gave a press interview ahead of the game, and didn’t even make the bench. It must be demoralising for him.
If United have been denying him chances due to his unsigned contract, then it’s incredibly short-sighted of the club, and self-fulfilling.
Now all we can do is hope he re-signs, and is allowed to go out on a season long loan next season, but the way it is trending, Gomes is more likely to leave and take his pick of interested clubs.
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