Gomes hails ‘dream’ Man United debut

Manchester United midfielder Angel Gomes has revealed that his ‘dreams came true’ when he made his senior debut for the Red Devils at the weekend.

Gomes, 16, became Man United’s youngest player in the Premier League era when he replaced club captain Wayne Rooney in the latter stages of Sunday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

The teenager, who made his Under-18s debut at the age of 14, has been tipped to break into the first-team set-up next season, and he has thanked head coach Jose Mourinho for trusting him to feature for the first team.

Gomes told MUTV:

“Obviously, it’s a dream come true. I’ve been here since the age of six, working my way up and it’s what everyone dreams about.

“I just want to thank the manager for putting me on the bench and playing me today, and all the staff back at the club and everyone who has helped me. I’m from Manchester, Salford and it’s literally down the road. It’s just unbelievable.

“It was a dream coming on and it’s happened so quickly. I don’t know what the future plans are for next season but I just want to continue playing, whether it’s in the Under-18s or Under-23s. I just want to stay with the good habits and carry on pushing really. Who knows, I’m not sure what the plans are for next season.”

Last week, Gomes was named the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year for the 2016-17 campaign, becoming the first 16-year-old to win the award in the process.

Joel Pereira, Demetri Mitchell and Josh Harrop were also handed their Premier League debuts at the weekend as Mourinho again rotated his squad ahead of the Europa League final against Ajax on Wednesday night.