Back on June 19th, all the signs were seemingly pointing towards Angel Gomes signing a new Manchester United contract.
Well, in the week or so since, things must have changed. We’re now just over 24hours away from Gomes’ contract expiring and this morning, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offered us a pretty negative update on the situation.
It seems as though the mega-talented teenager is set to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires tomorrow, with Ole confirming as much during his pre-match press conference ahead of Brighton away.
When asked whether Gomes will be leaving, Solskjaer replied, per The Independent:
“I’ve not heard from them last night or this morning, it seems like they haven’t managed to agree.
“The answer is probably short and ‘yes’, then.”
When Gomes’ name wasn’t on United’s released list last week, we were given hope that the Englishman may well have agreed terms. Instead, it has gone the other way and the attacking-midfielder is on his way out.
Personally, I have conflicting thoughts on this one. Gomes is obviously a very gifted young man, though we haven’t really seen that on a first-team level.
Sure, he’s tearing up U23 football for quite some time now, though being so slight in stature means it’s hard for that to translate to physical Premier League football.
Unfortunately, it looks as though an excellent pre-season tour was as good as it’ll ever get for Gomes at Old Trafford. Will Solskjaer regret not giving him more minutes as the season wore on? Probably not, and Bruno Fernandes’ arrival only made matters worse for Santi.
Now, it’s about focusing on the players that want to be here. You look at Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, James Garner, Dylan Levitt, Ethan Laird and many, many more. United’s future still feels in safe hands, with or without Gomes.
Yes, I would have preferred him to stay, but the Red Devils shouldn’t be held to ransom by anyone. A contract was on the table, he chose not to sign it. That’s fair enough, and although it’s a blow, the right decision has been made by United.
For Gomes, it’s about choosing his next club. Chelsea have been linked though I’m not sure he’ll get his wish for more playing time there, either. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gomes move to a lower-tier La Liga club in Spain as that would suit his style.
Wherever he ends up, I wish him luck.