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Nemanja Matic excited by Manchester United youngsters Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong

by Leo Nieboer

Nemanja Matic has insisted that Manchester United youngsters Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong have an exciting future ahead of them.

Gomes made his senior debut aged just 16 back in May and, having signed a new contract in December, received another cameo against Yeovil Town.

His performances have earned him a place in the Under 23 side along with Chong, who has impressed with a series of dynamic displays since moving up from the Under 18s in January.

And Matic, writing in his programme notes ahead of the Chelsea game, was quick to haul the pair as two exciting prospects.

“They are good players,” he said.

“They’re still very young but they show every time they train with us that Manchester United has a good future.

“I remember when I was young how important it was to train with the best player and I hope they will continue like this.”

The conveyor belt of fresh, audacious talent continues to churn out gems as it always has done at Man United, supervised and refined by the fastidiously down-to-earth Nicky Butt, with Gomes and Chong the most notable at this given time after ascending to Ricky Spragia’s side.

And they would have felt enormous encouragement – a sense of promise, of potential – by what they saw at Old Trafford on Sunday as Scott McTominay, less than ten starts to his name, patrolled the midfield with a sense of fervour and ubiquitousness that belied his years.

And then there was a Jesse Lingard, a good friend of Gomes and not too dissimilar to him in style and attitude, deciding the game with a bullet header.

Only at this club could academy players play a genuine role in deciding a big game. For all that his changed at Man United over the years, the vitality of youth, that inherent trust in what it can bring, remains alive and well.

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