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Meet Angel Gomes, the 16-year-old rewriting Man United's history books

Angel Gomes was named the youngest Manchester United Youth Team Player of the Year ever earlier this week.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will make a host of changes to his Manchester United team to play Crystal Palace on Sunday ahead of the all-important Europa League final next week.

The United manager has confirmed a number of youngsters will be in the squad, including 16-year-old Angel Gomes.

If Gomes plays he would become the club's youngest debutant in the Premier League era. 

It would also cap a week which saw the teenager become the youngest winner of United's Youth Team Player of the Year award.

"It's a dream come true," Gomes told MUTV at the end of season awards ceremony on Thursday night.

"Being a young age, it's things like this you wish for. All the hard work you put in at the training ground, this is the end result.

"I've missed a lot of the last two months through injury and the other lads have been consistent, so when I heard my name get called out, it was quite a surprise and a real honour."

Where does he play?

Gomes is an attacking midfielder, who can play anywhere across the front line or deeper in midfield. 

Quick, skillful and with a low centre of gravity, he can glide around defenders to make and score goals.

"Angel Gomes is a young talented player that we have massive hopes for," academy chief Nicky Butt told the Times in September.

Angel Gomes trained this week with the senior team and may get an opportunity to make a historic debut Crystal Palace.

What's his pedigree?

Born in London but raised in Manchester, he joined United at the age of seven. 

He's the son of a former Portuguese youth international and a cousin of former United winger Nani, now at Valencia.

Even at 15, former United defender and academy coach Clayton Blackmore was insisting Gomes was ready for the first team.

"He's good enough to be in the first-team now but it's going to take him a year or two before everybody trusts him," Blackmore said in 2015.

"A lot could happen in those two years, so hopefully he's going to still be there and play in the first-team soon."

How has he done this season?

Still a first-year scholar, Gomes -- who doesn't turn 17 until Aug 31 -- has scored 12 goals in 19 starts for the Under-18s this season. 

In August, he came off the bench to score three in a 5-1 win over Everton to become the youngest player to score an academy hat trick in almost 15 years at the age of just 15 years, 11 months and 29 days.

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.


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