Angel Gomes explains why he left Manchester United for Lille

Angel Gomes has admitted he had to leave Manchester United to get out of his ‘comfort zone’.

Gomes, 21, started training at United’s academy from the age of six and he made his first-team debut 10 years later in May 2017 under Jose Mourinho, which made him the youngest player to play for the Reds (at 16 years, 263 days old) since 1953.

The creative midfielder was held in high regard in United, but he failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Old Trafford.

Gomes signed for Lille in the summer of 2020 on a free transfer and he was immediately sent out on loan to Portugal.

The youngster enjoyed a productive loan spell at Boavista, scoring six goals and recording six assists across 32 appearances, and he’s since made the breakthrough to the first team at the French champions, Lille, where he’s been regularly involved this season.

Gomes spoke on Friday ahead of Lille’s match at the weekend and he reflected on his exit from United.

“I don’t think the opportunity came too quickly at Manchester United,” Gomes said, as quoted by Le Petit Lillois.

“Things come when you deserve them. I achieved good things when I was at Manchester United, which I will remember all my life

“I don’t think it was rushed, but sometimes there’s decisions to be made and you have to know how to get out of your comfort zone.”

Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard congratulated Gomes on social media for his first Lille goal earlier this season and it’s thought that he remains a popular figure with his former teammates within the United squad.

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