In 2017, a 16-year-old Angel Gomes became the youngest player to represent Man United when he replaced Wayne Rooney against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
It was to be Rooney’s final appearance in a Red shirt at Old Trafford, and at the time the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year was tipped to become the long-term successor of the legendary number 10.
Three years later, Gomes is on the verge of leaving Man United.
The England Under-20 international has rejected a new deal from the Red Devils and is out of contract at the end of June, and according to the Mirror, Chelsea are confident of landing him when the transfer window opens.
M.E.N suggest that United have submitted improved terms, but Gomes’ representatives remain underwhelmed by the overall package.
The 19-year-old, who has played only 19 minutes in the Premier League this season, has doubts regarding possible first-team opportunities at Old Trafford.
He is also discouraged by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attempts to sign similarly aged players in Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, and Jude Bellingham.
The Man United manager has taken a ‘dim view’ of the youngester’s refusal to sign a new contract, and consequently left Angel Gomes out of the 18-man squad against LASK in the Europa League.