Gomes is excited for our FC Midtjylland tie
A talented young Red who speaks with impressive poise! Here's Angel Gomes on PSG, FC Midtjylland and Marcus Rashford...
We have to begin with that famous win in Paris in midweek. How was the experience of being around such an important win for the club? "It was a great experience overall, obviously travelling and then being on the bench was even bigger for me and my family. It was a great experience, not just for me but all of the lads who came and got involved. I think there were seven Academy graduates that came on the trip and it just shows how much the club has an interest in the youth. It is big for the club and it showed, everywhere, how great this club is." Do you feel proud as an Academy player that there were seven graduates there, and that your mates Tahith and Mason got onto the pitch as well? "Yeah, of course. The more that come, the more it shows Man United. I think it was great for Mason and Chongy to be involved. It is an experience they will never forget as well. I have grown up with these boys, right from Under-9s to now. To see us all with the first team, travelling and getting some experiences is amazing." Marcus, of course, is another Academy graduate and what a moment it was for him with that penalty. What does it say about him, stepping up and putting it past a goalkeeper like Gigi Buffon? "Marcus has been doing that for years, really. I grew up with him in the Academy and I stayed with him in digs. I know what type of person he is and what character he has, so it didn't surprise me when he stepped up. I had no doubt that he would score." I saw you in the pictures after the goal - that looked like a phenomenal experience with the fans. How was it? "It is something I have never experienced before. Obviously, I have only watched from the sides and been in the crowd myself, so to be able to go out and celebrate with the fans was an amazing experience and it's something I will never forget." There were some big names in the dressing room afterwards, with Sir Alex and Eric Cantona. Did you get to see them up close and did you speak to them? "That was something that was massive for me, Sir Alex and Eric coming in, shaking hands and speaking to us. They are massive, massive people and just to have them in the changing room, I think it got everybody a bit more excited and everyone was a bit overwhelmed really". We're looking ahead to the UEFA Youth League resuming again with a tie against FC Midtjylland. Do you feel like this tournament has prepared you for senior experiences, like the one in midweek? "Yeah of course. It is always great playing against other European clubs and it is just a great experience overall. The more games you play at youth level, you can then step up. You get the same experiences like travelling, being in hotels, in different countries, and overall I think it is great for the lads. When they get the chance to step up to the first team, they will all be ready." The name Midtjylland conjures memories of that Europa League tie when Marcus made his name with that debut at Old Trafford. What are you memories of that? "I just remember being in the stands and hearing that something had happened to Martial, and Marcus was coming in. From then, the rest is just history! It was crazy to see him playing with us in the youth team, to then scoring two against Midtjylland. It was unbelievable." Was it an inspiring moment, to see somebody propelled to that level? "Yeah of course. Seeing anyone propel to that level gives you great confidence and it boosts you, to work harder and achieve the same goals." We basically cruised through the group stages of the Youth League - how do you look back on it? "We went unbeaten in every game. It was a great experience, but it is not done yet. We take every game as it comes and I think we have been prepping well. Everyone is ready for the game and eager to get going." There has been a long break since we last played in this competition in December, due to the format of the knockout stages. Is everybody excited to get going again? "Everyone has been buzzing. The wait was a bit long, we had to wait for the draw and then everyone was excited. As soon as we found out who were playing, and when the fixture was, everyone was eager to prepare, get going and try to win the game." It's a one-off tie, away from home. Does that have any impact at all? "We have got a great squad, a good group of lads, so I think everyone is quite confident and there is no doubt that we can't go out there and win. Everyone is ready and everyone is confident." We don't want it to, but the tie could go to extra time and maybe even penalties. Have you been practising your spot kicks just in case? "Yeah, yeah. There is a group of us who always stay behind to practice set-pieces, whether it is free-kicks, corners or pens. So I think we are more ready, if it goes to extra time, to take penalties."