The future is starting to look very bright for Manchester United.
This season has seen numerous youngsters make their first-team debut at Old Trafford with manager Louis van Gaal willing to trust players coming through the academy.
The most obvious example of this comes in the form of Marcus Rashford.
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The 18-year-old has scored five goals in eight appearances and seems to be an incredible talent.
But he’s not the only one.
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Another youngster at Manchester United’s academy could soon be making his senior debut if his performance for England Under-16’s is anything to go by.
Angel Gomes is still only 15-years-old but has been showing off his incredible talents against Brazil, no less.
The forward can be seen picking up the ball and unleashing a magnificent effort that struck the post before crossing the line for England Under-16s in an Instagram post he uploaded.
The Three Lions lost the match 3-1 on Friday but Gomes was clearly delighted with his strike that opened the scoring.
Alongside the video, he included the caption: “always a honour to score for your country🙏🏽 goal vs Brazil ⚽️🇧🇷 ! #golazoooo”
But it isn’t just this goal that proves Gomes is a wonderkid.
In 2014, he was named as the best player in the Internationales Under-15 Turnier tournament where he scored this incredible goal: (The goal occurs at 8:50 in the video.)
Meanwhile, he won the player of the tournament at the Premier Cup last year.
Gomes doesn’t turn 16 until August and would become the youngest first-team player in Manchester United’s history if he manages to make an appearance before the end of the season.
If you’re thinking: 'He’s only 15-years-old, he’s nowhere near ready for the first-team yet,’ think again.
Academy coach at Old Trafford, Clayton Blackmore, believes that Gomes “could play tomorrow” for the Red Devils.
"There is a lad coming through called Angel Gomes, who could play tomorrow. I think he’s that good,” he was quoted as saying by The Sun last month.
“He’s got an old head on his shoulders as well.
Blackmore added: “He’s good enough to be in the first team now but it’s going to take him a year or two before everybody trusts him.
“A lot could happen in those two years, so hopefully he’s going to be still there and play for the first team soon,” he concluded.
Avoiding his Father's footsteps
The youngster will be hoping to have a slightly more successful football career than his Father.
Gil began his career at Benfica but failed to make a first-team appearance for the Portuguese club. The forward did play in Portugal's top-flight for Braga and Estrela da Amadora but failed to find the net in 30 appearances.
After moving to England, he played in the lower leagues turning out for the likes of Hendon, Middlewich Town and, the club that is now owned by members of the class of ’92, Salford City.
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