Paul McGuinness: Angel Gomes can become like Andres Iniesta or David Silva at Man United

by Tanveer Arayan


Paul McGuinness claims Angel Gomes has the potential to become the same type of player as Andres Iniesta or David Silva at Manchester United.

He had managed teams in United’s academy for 23 years, from the class of 1992 to the likes of Gomes, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

Gomes became the youngest United debutant since Duncan Edwards in the 1950s when he replaced Wayne Rooney against Crystal Palace and has set a record as the first player born in the 21st century to play in the Premier League.

Speaking about his talent, McGuinness insists he has all the attributes to become a top player.

“He’s a real talent,” he said. “If he was Brazilian, people would be raving about him and, if he was six inches taller, people would be going mad.

“I suppose that’s our country. People doubt players if they’re short in stature but no-one is doubting Andres Iniesta or David Silva. He’s got the potential to be that type of player and, in England, you just don’t get many players like that.

“If you play him with better players, he’ll get better himself and create chances for them. You don’t want to build him up too soon but I’m sure they’ll handle all that at United.”

Joel Pereira, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay and Josh Harrop made their first Premier League starts at Old Trafford and it was great to see them in action.

Gomes is clearly very talented as he’s always been ahead of his age group and I can’t wait to see him tearing it up in the league as there’s no doubt he has the ability to become an incredible player.

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