Clayton Blackmore: Angel Gomes good enough to play for Manchester United first team

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Clayton Blackmore believes Angel Gomes has a big future ahead of him at Manchester United.

Former Manchester United attacker Clayton Blackmore has picked out Angel Gomes as the player to watch in the club's academy, insisting he is good enough to play for the first team already.

Blackmore, who played for United between 1982 and 1994 told PlayWithALegend.com  that he is confident Gomes will be a success at Old Trafford.

Gomes is still only 15 and does not turn 16 until August, born in 2000 a year after Manchester United won the treble.

Blackmore said: "There is a lad coming through called Angel Gomes, who could play tomorrow. I think he’s that good.

"He’s got an old head on his shoulders as well. He’s good enough to be in the first team now but it’s going to take him a year or two before everybody trusts him. A lot could happen in those two years, so hopefully he’s going to be still there and play for the first team soon."

Gomes is an England youth international, and United are unlikely to rush him, but one of the few positives of the club's season this campaign is that manager Louis van Gaal is willing to include younger players.

He will be well aware of Gomes, although quite how he feels about handing a 15-year-old his debut is another matter.

Gomes was named in HITC's three Manchester United wonderkids to watch in 2016 feature earlier this year, along with Callum Gribbin and Axel Tuanzebe.

He is also eligible to play for Portugal, as he is the cousin of former United ace Nani.


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