Butt warns Man Utd about damaging cost of ‘unbelievable’ youngster’s exit

Angel Gomes

Manchester United first-team coach Nicky Butt has said that the club could have “one hell of a player” in the future if Angel Gomes’ contract situation can be resolved.

Gomes, currently part of United’s Under-23 set-up, has been given glimpses of first-team action under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this term having played six times in all competitions.

However, the 19-year-old’s contract runs out at the end of the season and the midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus and Inter Milan.

While further first-team chances look few and far between as United push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and aim to progress in the Europa League, Butt has urged United to keep Chong around or risk losing a fantastic player.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “I’ve still got massive hopes for [Gomes]. He’s got a contract dispute at the minute which all players have, and I don’t get involved in that.

“That’s what he does with his agent and the club. That’s personal. The boy trains every day and works hard and his talent is unbelievable.

“His work ethic, the way he approaches training every day, and the way he approaches games whether he’s playing for the reserve-team, the Under-19s, the first-team, is spot-on and he’s a very talented boy.

“He’s different to players like Scott [McTominay], because they are powerful and they can go and compete at that level. Angel is different. He has to get the right niche at the right time.



“If it all comes together then we’ve got one hell of a player on our hands.”

Gomes is joined by fellow youngster Tahith Chong in having less than six months remaining on his deal, with Chong also linked to the Serie A.

In other news, David Beckham has offered his support to Solskjaer’s regime at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer has come in for criticism this season following a poor showing in the Premier League, although the Red Devils have made strides in recent weeks in their hunt for a top-four spot.

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