Former Manchester United youth coach Paul McGuinness has claimed that Angel Gomes has got the potential to become a world-class talent.
Angel Gomes,16, was given his first-team bow at the weekend, being brought on in place of Wayne Rooney for the final two minutes of the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
It was a just reward for Gomes, who scored 12 goals in 21 appearances for the club’s Under-18s team this season, as he became the first player born in the 21st century to play in the Premier League.
Ex-academy chief McGuinness spent 23 years managing United’s age-grade sides and believes that Gomes has the qualities required to reach the very top.
“He’s a real talent,” Sky Sports News quotes him as saying. “If he was Brazilian, people would be raving about him and, if he was six inches taller, people would be going mad.
“I suppose that’s our country. People doubt players if they’re short in stature but no-one is doubting Andres Iniesta or David Silva. He’s got the potential to be that type of player and, in England, you just don’t get many players like that.
“If you play him with better players, he’ll get better himself and create chances for them. You don’t want to build him up too soon but I’m sure they’ll handle all that at United.”