Angel Gomes

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Angel Gomes
Angel Gomes Manchester United U18 2017-11-19 (cropped).jpg
Gomes playing for Manchester United U18s in 2017
Personal information
Full name Adilson Angel Abreu de Almeida Gomes[1]
Date of birth (2000-08-31) 31 August 2000 (age 19)[2]
Place of birth Edmonton, England
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.61 m)[3]
Playing position(s) Attacking midfielder
Youth career
2006–2017 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2020 Manchester United 5 (0)
National team
2015–2016 England U16 9 (2)
2016–2017 England U17 12 (5)
2017 England U18 2 (0)
2018–2019 England U19 6 (1)
2019– England U20 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:11, 11 January 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:57, 20 November 2019 (UTC)

Adilson Angel Abreu de Almeida Gomes (born 31 August 2000) is an English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder. He began his career with Manchester United at the age of five and progressed through the club's academy. When he made his first-team debut in May 2017, he became the youngest player to play for Manchester United since Duncan Edwards in 1953, as well as the first player born in the 2000s to appear in the Premier League.

He has captained England at under-16, under-17 and under-18 levels.

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Early years[edit]

Gomes started training with the Manchester United academy at the age of six. When he was 13, he represented the under-17s at a tournament in Slovakia in October 2013, and during the 2014–15 season, aged just 14, he was twice named on the bench for the under-18s before making his debut as a substitute against Middlesbrough in their final league match.[4] In July 2015, Gomes captained the Manchester United under-15s at the Manchester United Premier Cup and was named Most Valuable Player, despite his team finishing in 12th place.[5]

Gomes signed as an academy scholar ahead of the 2016–17 season, and on 27 August 2016, he became the youngest player to score a hat-trick for Manchester United at academy level since 2001, despite starting the game on the bench. He also became the third youngest player to achieve the feat in the club's history at 15 years, 362 days.[6] After sustaining an injury in April 2017, Gomes was forced to miss the Dallas Cup.[7] With 12 goals in 19 starts he was the under-18s' top scorer that season, and in May 2017 he was voted as the Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year, the youngest player ever to receiver the award.[8] The following day, he trained with the first team ahead of possible inclusion in the squad for the final Premier League game of the season.[9]

First-team breakthrough[edit]

Gomes made his first-team debut on 21 May 2017, replacing Wayne Rooney in the 88th minute of a 2–0 home victory over Crystal Palace.[10] At 16 years, 263 days old, he became the youngest player to represent Manchester United since Duncan Edwards in 1953, as well as the first player born in the 2000s to appear in the Premier League.[11]

On 13 December 2017, Gomes signed his first professional contract with Manchester United,[12] and on 26 January 2018, he made his FA Cup debut, coming on as an 88th-minute substitute for Marcus Rashford in a 4–0 victory against Yeovil Town in the Fourth Round.[13]

On 25 July 2019, Gomes scored his first senior goal in a 2–1 pre-season friendly win against Tottenham Hotspur.[14] However, he found first-team opportunities hard to come by during the 2019–20 season, playing just six times in all competitions. Despite protracted negotiations, Manchester United were unable to sign Gomes to a contract extension, and he was released on 30 June 2020.[15][16]

International career[edit]

Gomes began his international career in August 2015, when he made two appearances for England at under-16 level, both against the United States. He captained the under-16s on two occasions while making a further seven appearances.[4][17]

He was called up to the under-17s in August 2016, and scored four minutes into his debut while captaining his nation to a 3–1 victory over Belgium. Gomes added another two goals and an assist in his second appearance; a 5–0 win over Croatia.[18] In October, he scored again in an 8–1 win against Germany.[19] Gomes also scored in qualification for the UEFA Under-17 Championship, but missed out on the tournament in May 2017 due to injury.[20] Gomes scored the fourth goal in England's opening game of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, with an 81st-minute free-kick as they beat Chile 4–0.[21] He ultimately captained the team to their first U-17 World Cup title.[22]

He made his debut at under-18 level on 1 September 2017, when he captained England in a 0–0 draw with Brazil.[17][23]

Gomes made his England U20 debut during a 0–0 draw against the Netherlands on 5 September 2019.[24]

Gomes is also eligible to represent Angola and Portugal.[25]

Style of play[edit]

Gomes' preferred position is as an attacking midfielder.[26] His playing style has been compared to that of Ronaldinho due to his creativity, composure and dribbling.[27] In January 2015, Nani described Gomes as Manchester United's next star.[28] Manchester United graduate Danny Webber said: "Gomes is still very small, but he sees the game seconds before others. Angel is like Paul Scholes; he can dictate a game with his intelligence."[29]

Personal life[edit]

Gomes is the son of Angolan-born former Portugal under-21 international Gil Gomes, and was born in Edmonton, Greater London during his father's time at Hendon.[30][31] The family moved to the Manchester area when Gil joined Middlewich Town, and settled in Salford, where Gomes grew up.[32] Former Manchester United winger Nani is Gomes' godfather.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 January 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2016–17[34] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18[35] Premier League 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2018–19[36] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2019–20[37] Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 3[a] 0 6 0
Total 5 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
Manchester United U21 2019–20[37] 2[b] 0 2 0
Career total 5 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 12 0
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

England U17

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Angel Gomes: Overview". ESPN. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
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  4. ^ a b "Player profile – Angel Gomes". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b Marshall, Adam (24 July 2015). "Gomes scoops Manchester United Premier Cup MVP award". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  6. ^ Kerr, Joshua (3 September 2016). "Angel Gomes' historic hat-trick for Under-18s". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  7. ^ Marshall, Adam (7 April 2017). "Manchester United announce squad for Dallas Cup". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  8. ^ a b Marshall, Adam (18 May 2017). "Angel Gomes voted Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  9. ^ Marshall, Adam (19 May 2017). "Team news update – United v Crystal Palace". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  10. ^ Allen, Jamie (21 May 2017). "Report: Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  11. ^ Hafez, Shamoon (21 May 2017). "Manchester United 2–0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Gomes signs professional contract". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  13. ^ Garry, Tom (26 January 2018). "Yeovil Town 0–4 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  14. ^ Ganley, Joe (25 July 2019). "Reds see off rivals Spurs in Shanghai". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  15. ^ Whitwell, Laurie (29 June 2020). "Angel Gomes rejected 'very good' United offer in search of first-team chances". The Athletic. The Athletic Media Company. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Confirmed: Angel Gomes leaves United". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. 1 July 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  17. ^ a b "Angel Gomes". TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  18. ^ "England U17s kick-off Croatia Cup with 5–0 win over hosts". The Football Association. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  19. ^ "England U17s secure 8–1 victory over Germany in Croatia". TheFA.com. The Football Association. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  20. ^ Austin, Jack (19 May 2017). "Who is Angel Gomes? Manchester United's new Young Player of the Year profiled". The Independent. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  21. ^ "World Cup goal for Gomes". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. 10 October 2017. Archived from the original on 9 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  22. ^ Hafez, Shamoon (17 January 2019). "England's U17 World Cup winners – where are they now?". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Young Lions held at home in their first preparation game for next month's World Cup". TheFA.com. The Football Association. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  24. ^ "England U20s kick off new campaign with a goalless draw against Holland". TheFA.com. The Football Association. 5 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  25. ^ Tighe, Sam (2 November 2016). "Scouting Angel Gomes: Manchester United's David Silva-Esque Midfield Talent". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  26. ^ Dawson, Rob (19 May 2017). "Meet Angel Gomes, the 16-year-old rewriting Man United's history books". ESPN FC. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  27. ^ Varney, Alex (12 November 2016). "Angel Gomes: Profile on England and Manchester United sensation eyed by Barcelona". Talksport. Archived from the original on 26 November 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  28. ^ "Nani hails Angel Gomes as Man Utd's next star". The Peoples Person. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  29. ^ Porter, Alex (19 May 2017). "Who is Angel Gomes? Manchester United player profile". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  30. ^ Smith, Peter (19 May 2017). "Who is Angel Gomes? We profile the Man Utd and England youngster". Sky Sports. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  31. ^ "A Man Utd XI of players born in London". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  32. ^ Porter, Alex (20 May 2017). "Could Angel Gomes become Manchester United's youngest ever player?". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  33. ^ Marshall, Adam (29 July 2017). "Exclusive interview: Angel Gomes". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  34. ^ "Games played by Angel Gomes in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  35. ^ "Games played by Angel Gomes in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  36. ^ "Games played by Angel Gomes in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  37. ^ a b "Games played by Angel Gomes in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  38. ^ Rostance, Tom (28 October 2017). "England win U17 World Cup: Young Lions fight back to beat Spain in final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 November 2019.

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