Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Angel Gomes is ‘not too far away’ from signing a new Manchester United contract… but boss says he’ll wish 19-year-old ‘all the best’ if he leaves for free when his deal expires on June 30
- Angel Gomes could leave Manchester United for free when his contract expires
- Young midfielder has failed to agree fresh terms despite talks over 18 months
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now says Gomes is close to committing his future to United
- Red Devils boss is delighted Odion Ighalo has extended his loan at Old Trafford
- Solskjaer expects to use all five subs when United return to action at Tottenham
Angel Gomes is close to pledging his future to Manchester United and signing a new contract, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted.
Gomes is out of contract at the end of the month and could leave as a free agent after failing to agree new terms over 18 months of talks.
Solskjaer believes the 19-year-old midfielder may well decide to stay but will wish him well if he walks away from the club on June 30.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Angel Gomes is close to signing a new deal
The 19-year-old midfielder, pictured in training last week, is out of contract at the end of June
‘Angel is a top kid we’ve had at the club for so many years,’ said Solskjaer. ‘We’ve offered him a deal and hopefully he’ll take that and if not I wish him all the best. From what I understand it’s not too far away – if not we’ll wish him all the best.’
United play their first game after lockdown at Tottenham on Friday night when Odion Ighalo will be available after extending his loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of January, having scored four goals in his first eight games for United.
Solskjaer added: ‘We’re delighted Odion is staying with us. We had a good conversation with his club and he’s made a great impact. It’s very pleasing, he’s another option, a goal scorer, and in and around the dressing room he’s great. Let’s hope he can finish what he started.’
Odion Ighalo goes for the ball in a friendly with West Brom after extending his loan with United
United will also have Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford fit again to face Spurs after long-term injuries. Pogba is expected to start on the bench but Solskjaer will have the option of using five substitutes under the temporary new rules.
‘Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe will miss this game and the restart,’ he added. ‘Let’s see how bad they are, but apart from that the rest of the squad is fit and available. If selected, Marcus and Paul have been out for a long period. They’re available and let’s see how long they’re going to play for.
‘I think three subs is the right amount but changing the whole five of them will probably happen because we have to look after players.
‘The Premier League is physically intense and we go straight into a season after as well. It’s a…