Angel Gomes became the youngest player to feature for Manchester United since Duncan Edwards when he came off the bench for our final home game of the season.
The 16-year-old has discussed his Portuguese roots and the influences on his career, although is proud to say that he’s from Salford. He was born in London but raised up here.
I’m a Salford lad at heart. I love being from Salford. It’s where I grew up so I always say that’s where I’m from. My dad [Gil Gomes] played at the Under-23 World Cup and is well known in Portugal as they won it and he played with some great players as well. It’s nice to be following in his footsteps really.
Nani is my godfather. He’s been amazing to me and gives me lots of advice. I am just lucky to have someone like that in my life. When I was younger, he used to be my idol. I used to watch him and even practice his backflips on the trampoline. I know I can’t do that now!
Gomes has been at the club since playing for the Under-6s and, while he hopes to get more first team appearances, he has his mind set on what he can achieve with the academy teams.
I’ve been here a long time. I started at the Under-6s and progressed up really. I used to play down [an age group] because of my height and physicality obviously but I was lucky to kick on since the Under-13s and it’s been amazing.
I think people forget how young I am really. Of course, it would be a great experience to get a few more minutes in the first team under my belt at some point but I’ll just try to kick on in the Under-18s and Under-23s and learn a lot of things.
I hope to gain a lot of experience in the UEFA Youth League, for example, and the Reserves have a new coach in Ricky [Sbragia] so it’ll be great to work under him too.
Last season, we played some high quality football, but didn’t end up doing the ultimate thing of winning trophies. We want to win more this season.