Angel Gomes has expressed his delight after making his senior debut during Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The 16-year-old was thrust into the global spotlight after becoming the youngest ever player to win the Jimmy Murphy ‘Youth Team Player of the Year’ award on Thursday.
Three days later, he became the first Premier League player to be born in the 21st century after replacing Wayne Rooney during the dying stages of the game.
And Gomes, speaking after the game, was notably delighted after fulfilling his dream of featuring for the Man United first team.
“It’s what every 16-year-old dreams of,” he said. “I’ve been here since the age of 6 working my way up. It’s unbelievable.”
“I got 10 tickets for all my family and I saw them in the corner as I was warming up. It was amazing.”
The last handful of Premier League games have highlighted the darker side of this United side: an uncertain, stodgy and ultimately uninspiring outfit that looks just about right sitting in sixth spot.
Against Palace, however, supporters once again witnessed what makes this club so special: that unshakeable belief in what young players can offer. And Gomes, still yet to do his A-Levels, served as a wonderful embodiment of such an ideal.