MANCHESTER United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it is unlikely highly rated teenager Angel Gomes will be staying at the club.
The 19-year-old came through the United academy and made his debut aged 16 in May 2017, becoming the youngest player since Duncan Edwards to feature for the first team.
But Gomes has still only made ten first-team appearances and contract talks reached an impasse, with Solskjaer now expecting the midfielder to leave when his contract expires today.
Asked if the 19-year-old (pictured) would be staying at the club, the United boss said: ‘I’ve got no news, nothing, so it doesn’t look like it.’
Pushed to clarify if Gomes was leaving, Solskjaer added: ‘To be honest, I’ve not heard from them last night or this morning, so it seems like that they haven’t managed to agree [a deal], so the answer is probably short and “yes”.’
While far from a first-team regular, the departure of Gomes is a blow for a club synonymous with developing and promoting homegrown talent.
Marcus Rashford is chief among the recent graduates to have flourished and is keen to make up for lost time, having sustained a potentially season-ending back injury in January.
The 22-year-old, who has yet to add to his 19-goal haul since play resumed, looks set to start when United return to Premier League action at Brighton tonight, having required extra-time to overcome Norwich 2-1 in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final. That win extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches ahead of the trip to the Amex Stadium, where United – who can climb back to fifth with victory – have lost both previous outings.
Solskjaer is expecting another tough match, just as he is predicting an intense fight for a top-four spot.
‘I think there are many teams in that battle for third and fourth,’ he said. ‘You’ve got Leicester, Chelsea, us, you’ve got Wolves doing really well.
‘I’m sure Tottenham, Arsenal and Sheffield United still want to put a challenge in there, so it’s exciting.’