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Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong have great potential: Scott McTominay

Scott McTominay

Bengaluru, February 15: Manchester United academy prodigy Scott Mctonimay has named two U-18 academy prospects, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong who can follow him into senior squad soon.

Mctominay got his dream debut in the senior squad last year when he was brought off the bench against Arsenal at the end of last season and later he started in a full game in the last game of the season against Crystal Palace.

Since then, the player has been involved as a regular senior team squad player and he has already made 12 senior appearances so far in this campaign. And while the English midfielder has come under the radar, the player has claimed he won't be the only player from the academy making waves at the club as he tipped two other youth players, Chong and Gomes to follow him soon in the senior set-up.

He said: "There's a number of different boys in the younger ages groups, but I feel like Angel and Chongy have got great potential. Hopefully one day they will be in the first-team and training with us regularly and getting as much game-time as they possibly can."

Last season, in the last game of the season, Mourinho also gave Gomes his Manchester United debut against Crystal Palace and the England international then became the youngest ever player to make an appearance for United's first-team aged just 16 years and 263 days.

The U-17 World Cup winner has already shown a lot of promise to be a world beater in the academy winning the club's U18 player of the year, the Jimmy Murphy trophy and this season also has been called a few times in the first team training set-up.

On the other hand, Chong who joined United from Feyenoord in 2016 has been performing outstandingly on a regular basis in the academy set-up and he also recently has been promoted in the United reserve team set-up for the U23 team for his dazzling display.

Chong has played nine academy matches so far this season and the Dutch youth player, who has plied his trade in all the age group of Dutch football from U15 to U19, has scored five goals and provided one assist from the right wing of the field in the process.

Mctominay while talking with United's partners HCl also opened up about his club debut and expressed his reaction at making his first-team debut against Arsenal at the Emirates, insisting that he will never forget walking out wearing the Red shirt for the very first time.

"It was such a surreal moment for me, obviously it was in a massive stadium," he added.

"It was such a big game for me and my family, my mum and dad were sat in the away end. It was an overwhelming day. I went back to the hotel that night and I was playing against Arsenal the next day for the reserves - it just didn't quite sink in until I was home.

"Even to play twice in two days at the Emirates was unbelievable and something I will never forget for the rest of my life."

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    Story first published: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 15:27 [IST]
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