Ex-Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes has revealed the dressing down Jose Mourinho gave him during their time at Old Trafford.
Gomes, 21, who came through the United youth ranks, spent 14 years at the club, before leaving in the summer of 2020 for Lille.
The England Under-21 midfielder made his senior bow under Mourinho in May 2017, replacing Wayne Rooney, in a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace as a 16-year-old.
However, Gomes would suffer the wrath of Mourinho, who let rip at him in front of his the whole teammates before a cup game, despite impressing for the Red Devils.
“I’ve never actually told this story before but one time, [Mourinho] took me to a cup game with the first team after I’d played with the Under 21s,” he told SPORTbible.
“We were at the dinner table and he’s come around speaking to everyone. He then looks at me and says, “I am f***ed with you”.
Gomes insists the Portuguese manager had been laughing and joking with his players beforehand, and he mistakenly thought Mourinho was joking with him at first.
However, Mourinho was in no mood for jokes, and brought up his previous performance with the U21s, which left Gomes believing he had played ‘s***’.
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“He was saying, ‘You were doing this and doing that but you should have done this and that’… and this was in front of the whole squad as well.
“I’d had b*****kings in my time but not from the big boss. I just wasn’t expecting it. I was taken aback. He eventually finished shouting and carried on with what he was doing.
“I was stuck to my seat. Eventually some of the lads came over and said, “don’t worry, just ignore him, he’s trying to get a reaction from you. This is how he is.”
“I was only young so in my head I was thinking, “F***, he hates me.” I went back to my room and rang my dad. I was nearly crying.”
Gomes is now plying his trade for Lille in Ligue 1, and insists he now understands that Mourinho just wanted to guide and get the best out of him.
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