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 became the youngest ever player to win the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year award last Thursday following a sensational year under the supervision of Nicky Butt.
And he was rewarded with a place on the bench for Man United’s final home game of the season and replaced Wayne Rooney during the dying stages, evincing a rapturous acclaim from the Old Trafford faithful.
Gomes took to social media after the game to thank supporters for such a warm reception, noting that playing at Old Trafford was a “dream come true”.
— Santi Gomes (@agomes_47) May 21, 2017
— Santi Gomes (@agomes_47) May 22, 2017
I’m still struggling to process the fact that a 16-year-old has managed to breach the United first team. He is the first player born in the 21st century to play in the Premier League; he hasn’t even done A-Levels yet.
Earning a place in Jose Mourinho‘s first team at such an age will not be taken lightly. Gomes, in the space of a few days, has become an internationally recognised name, and future managers and players will hold him in remarkably high regard as a result, as the diminutive magician who ascended through the ranks at an almost unprecedented speed. Supporters will be desperate to see him only progress further over the next year or so.