Manchester United were the more splendid of the English sides to have graced Shanghai, as they edged passed Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-1 victory in the International Champions Cup.
Anthony Martial commenced the scoring for the Red Devils while the North London giants got one back in the second half through a goal from Lucas Moura.
However, it was the spirited run and creative shot of Angel Gomes in the dying minutes that ensured that United maintained four victories in their four pre-season games.
The academy graduate continued the theme of the pre-season, wherein the upcoming youngsters of the Mancunian side ended up making the headlines. It was Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong who impressed in past games, with James Garner finding his name on the scoresheet and Axel Tuanzebe making a strong argument to be promoted into the first team.
However, Gomes, akin to Greenwood, has been a name that has graced the lips of Manchester United supporters from last season itself, with the 18-year-old making a particularly impressive impact through his speed and creative movement up-front.
His brilliance in the second-half inspired many fans to take to social media and heap praises upon him.
Angel Gomes is the real deal, that's the lesson of the day shem
— Keith (@MajorKeith_) July 25, 2019
Need more game time for Angel Gomes this season
— K. (@KVA_17) July 25, 2019
I hope Ole gives Angel Gomes more opportunities this season, the boy is good
— Thabile Molelo 🎓🎓 (@ThabileMolelo10) July 25, 2019
— Will (@WillWaight) July 25, 2019
Who needs Angel di Maria when we have homegrown Angel Gomes! #ManchesterUnited
— Veena Tharmaseelan (@VeenaRad) July 25, 2019
This trend certainly continues the remark that the future is bright for United. Across the lineup, homegrown talents have made a significant impact, with the likes of Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay making the midfield their own.
It is easy to see why fans will be perturbed if the Red Devils continue their ineffective policy of spending tremendous amounts of money on aging marquee signings.
Rather, the performances of Gomes and company make a compelling argument as to why the club ought to promote their youth talent and give them big breaks into the first team, emulating the past success of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.