‘Once a Red always a Red’ – Angel Gomes bids emotional farewell to Manchester United

Angel Gomes has taken to social media to post a farewell message to Manchester United, on the back of his free agent exit from the club.

United struggles

Gomes, a 19-year-old attacking midfielder, is a product of the Red Devils’ academy.

During the English U20 international’s time making his way through the club’s youth ranks, Gomes established himself as one of the most highly-regarded talents on United’s books.

This is evidenced by the fact that he became the Manchester giants’ youngest senior debutant in 60 years, when lining out versus Crystal Palace in 2017, at the age of just 16.

Angel Gomes

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 21: Angel Gomes of Manchester United comes on for Wayne Rooney of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on May 21, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Unfortunately for Gomes, however, the years since his record-breaking United bow saw the starlet largely struggle for opportunities.

While the likes of Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood, both younger than Gomes, have carved out regular minutes for themselves under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the diminutive midfielder was not deemed worthy of the same kind of chances.

Gomes moving on

This lack of game-time, meanwhile, saw speculation begin to mount over recent months that Gomes was very much considering his future at Old Trafford.

It had long been common knowledge that the gifted teen’s contract was due to expire this summer, with little progress having been made towards an agreement on fresh terms.

As such, official confirmation of Gomes’ Manchester United exit arriving early last month came as little surprise.

In a post on the club’s website, the Red Devils announced:

‘Manchester United can confirm that Angel Gomes has not taken up the offer of a new contract and has, therefore, left the club.’

‘Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Angel the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his efforts for the club.’

‘Once a Red always a Red’

Gomes, for his part, however, had since opted against addressing his Old Trafford departure.

The midfielder, despite being just 19 years of age, had been on the books of United since 2006, with Gomes having no doubt been hopeful of making a name for himself as part of the latest batch of young Red Devils talents.

In the end, though, things simply didn’t work out.

And, as outlined above, after allowing over a month to pass, the Englishman has today finally found the words to express his gratitude for all involved in his development at Manchester United.

Taking to his official Instagram account, Gomes posted a video collage of some of his finest moments in the colours of his boyhood club, accompanied by a lengthy, heartfelt caption, as showcased below:

 

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It’s took me a while because it’s not been easy to put my emotions into words. Sadly the time has come to end a beautiful chapter that has been my life for 14 years. Being from Salford, Manchester United is all I have ever known. I went from playing on my estate, pretending to be Wayne Rooney to being in the academy And doing the same. May 21st 2017 I made my premier league debut for the club of my dreams aged 16 replacing the legend himself ‘Wayne Rooney’. I want to thank every single individual at the club for the help and encouragement I received, from the very first time I signed at the club. I want to thank all the coaches from every age group that looked after me from 6 to now. To all the kit men, Kath the receptionist, The media team, the security, the staff at the cliff, the staff at Littleton road, the staff at Carrington to the cleaners, you all played a part in getting me to where I am today. It is time I take the next step in my career, I hope you can all be proud off what I go on to achieve. I wish the club and everyone involved the best of luck, you will all be missed more than you can imagine. I also want to thank the fans, your SUPPORT hasn’t gone unnoticed. Once a RED always a RED 🔴🔴🔴 UTID Angel Gomes

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Reports in the French media have since claimed that Gomes is now set to join Lille, before being loaned out to Portuguese outfit Boavista for the 2020/21 campaign.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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