What can Man United expect from ball-boy turned history maker Angel Gomes?

In late January Manchester United welcomed Championship side Wigan Atletic to Old Trafford for a fourth round FA Cup tie most memorable for Bastian Schweinstieger returning from Jose Mourinho’s exile to score on his first start in over a year in the 4-0 win.

Watching on from the sidelines that day was a 16-year-old Angel Gomes, a shining light of the Carrington academy, performing his duties as a ball boy.

Fast forward almost four months and, with the head of the academy and Class of ’92 hero Nicky Butt watching on from the dugout, Gomes was brought on in the Premier League against Crystal Palace, in the place of captain and club top goalscorer Wayne Rooney, to make history.

In making his debut, the cousin of Manchester United Champions League winner Nani, became the first player born in the 21st Century to appear in the Premier League as well as the youngest player to appear for the Red Devils since Busby Babe Duncan Edwards in 1953, who was 83 days younger than Gomes when he first played for the club.

Just what, though, can fans at Old Trafford and across the world expect from this exciting young talent?

The attacking midfielder, who is just one of three players in United history to have bagged a hat-trick at any level aged just 15, has spent the season with the U18s scoring an impressive 12 goals and adding a further six assists along the way.

An England U17 international, despite his Portuguese heritage, Gomes is a bag of tricks when on the ball and has spent the last season dazzling defences and, at times, his own teammates with a series of tricks and flicks.

It may well be a while before we see the young trickster at the Theatre of Dreams again, however, there is certainly every reason to be getting excited about the future of this ball-boy turned history maker.

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