Manchester United’s Angel Gomes’ future has been the subject of widespread speculation, with his contract due to expire at the end of the month.
The 19-year-old has however made headlines for a very different reason this week. Back in 2016, Gomes made a trip to see renowned Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations in Lagos and footage of his experience began doing the rounds on Monday evening.
In one of the clips, the England youth international, then aged just 16, explained that persistent injury problems were the reason for his visit.
‘I’ve been struggling with injuries. I was having injuries around my hip and groin which was affecting me playing and I also suffered an ankle injury which was affecting me playing and kept me out for a long time,’ he said in the video.
‘These injuries were coming at hard times for me, times when I was having a breakthrough or times when I had to go to a tournament or play in games. These injuries would happen quite frequently.’
Manchester United’s Angel Gomes went to T.B Joshua’s church for healing pic.twitter.com/TBYGR4xifH— JAGS (@EtniesJags) June 15, 2020
On Tuesday, Gomes addressed the reaction to the videos and admitted the footage might look ‘crazy’ but stressed that he should be able to practice his faith however he wishes.
‘Regarding the video that has come out from 2016. I am from a Christian family at the time my mum was a fan of the pastor, and she really wanted me to go,’ Gomes tweeted.
‘I was going through some issues. ‘From the outside looking in it looks crazy, but I was just practicing my faith.’
‘I didn’t really need to explain myself but a lot of people was asking me what the video was about. ‘I was young at the time and if my parents thought something was best for me I would do it. ‘There are far more important issues out there in the world we can tackle. For example #FreeSchoolMeals #maketheUturn.’
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright showed his support for Gomes as he responded to the youngster’s explanation. ‘Absolutely none of their business,’ Wright replied.