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Angel Gomes Scores First Goal For Manchester United Against Spurs

Angel Gomes Scores First Goal For Manchester United Against Spurs

18-year old youngster Angel Gomes got off the mark for Manchester United in the club's 2-1 win over Spurs in Japan, scoring the winner in the International Champions Cup fixture.

Gomes, the godson of United winger Nani, played a silky one-two with Juan Mata and then produced a tidy finish to beat Paulo Gazzaniga in the 80th minute.

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Gomes, speaking after the game to MUTV, said seeing the ball go in the back of the net gave him a "great feeling" and that he "just wanted to celebrate with all of the fans".

The strike from the pint-sized Stockport youngster means United have won all four of their pre-season fixtures so far under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but much more encouragingly, youngsters such as Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong have been extremely impressive.

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In fact, all nine of the goals United have scored in pre-season were either scored or assisted by an academy graduate. Not a bad advert for the youth system.

Gomes has captained England at under-16, under-17 and under-18 level though he is eligible to play for Angola and Portugal through his father Gil, a Benfica youth product.

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At the tender age of 16 years and 263 days, he made his United debut replacing all-time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney in the 89th minute of the final Premier League game of the 2016/17 season against Crystal Palace in front of a sold-out Old Trafford.

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He's since made a further three appearances in the United first-team and his performances in pre-season should increase his involvement in 2019/20.

Speaking exclusively to SPORTbible in January, 2016 Gomes targeted being an established first-team player at United in five years time.

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He said: "In five years time, I would like to be playing professionally for Manchester United. Winning titles is huge for me. I want to play international football, play in World Cups and European Championships. I want to be the best player at my age level.

"I set myself high standards and try to push myself to play at the highest level."

Topics: Spurs, Manchester United, International Champions Cup, tottenham, Pre-season, Angel Gomes, Man United

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