Photo: Angel Gomes already working hard ahead of pre-season

by Leo Nieboer

Angel Gomes has been pictured working hard on his own accord ahead of Manchester United’s pre-season tour next month.

The 16-year-old became the youngest player in the club’s history to claim the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year award last month following a scintillating campaign under Nicky Butt.

He was later handed his senior debut during the dying stages of Man United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the final day of the season, becoming the first player born in the 21st century to play in the Premier League.

And the youngster has been seen alongside trainer Jamie Moore as he prepares for an assault on the first team next season.

Gomes had a taste of what the future could hold for him and he is evidently desperate for more. It may be hard to conceptualise a 16-year-old breaking into the Man United first team, but there were times with the reserves last season when all 5ft 6 of him looked too big – too sophisticated and controlled on the ball – to be dwelling in the youth ranks.

He is one of those players capable of making the ball stick to his feet at every turn; his manipulation of the space around him belies his age and, with more chances to train alongside first team members, will only mature further over the next year.

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