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Gomes: I'm from down the road, so debut was unbelievable

22 May 2017
Manchester United's Angel Gomes in action with Crystal Palace's Joel Ward

At 16, Man Utd starlet becomes first player born in 2000 to feature in Premier League

Local boy Angel Gomes fulfilled his dreams as his Manchester United debut on Sunday made him the first player born in 2000 to play in the Premier League.

Ten years ago Gomes posed for a picture with Wayne Rooney in the same year he joined the United academy and yesterday the 16-year-old came on for his idol in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

"Obviously, it's a dream come true," Gomes told MUTV. "I've been here since the age of six, working my way up and it's what everyone dreams about.

"I just want to thank the manager for putting me on the bench and playing me today, and all the staff back at the club and everyone who has helped me. I'm from Manchester, Salford and it's literally down the road. It's just unbelievable."

Gomes, the England Under-17 captain, became United's youngest debutant since Duncan Edwards in 1953, turning out at the age of 16 years and 263 days.

His landmark day came on the same afternoon Jose Mourinho fielded the Red Devils' youngest starting XI in the Premier League, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days.

See: Gomes honoured to make United debut

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