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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer to-do list seems to be growing by the week.

Manchester Unitedat first were told they needed a new winger, before the suggestion of recruiting a new full back seemed like a priority. Weeks into the new season and it was a move for midfield reinforcement which was touted, but now the focus is firmly on signing a new striker in the January transfer window.

Should Marcus Rashford manage to maintain his irresistible goal-scoring form it wouldn’t be surprise to see the priority change ahead of the transfer market’s reopening.

Yet the recruiting of new talent isn’t the only issue whichSolskjaerneeds to tackle, and ensuring future stars remain at Old Trafford should be just as important.

Angel Gomeslooks like the glaring concern for the United manager as the final half a season of his contract at the club begins to gradually tick away.

The 19 – year-old Salford-raised midfielder has long been touted as a future star of Old Trafford and fans have strongly supported their local hero ever since he burst onto the scene five year s ago.

Injury hampered hopes of playing time for Gomes ahead of the recent international break, but even given his recent setback the playing time he has received simply is not Enough.

A source close to Gomes told the MEN earlier this season discussions with United ‘were not going well’, however it is unclear whether doubts around his future are the reason for just 167 minutes of first-team football this campaign. Solskjaer heavily reduced Ander Herrera’s playing time when it became apparent he would leave last season, and the Norwegian is eager to demand authority by only giving minutes to those who deserve it.

But what makes the scenario rather bizarre is the fact Solskjaer blocked a loan move Gomes had lined up in January and made him a central figure of the pre-season tour squad.

His reward was an impressive string of performances which peaked with Gomes’ incredible solo strike to secure a late victory over Tottenham in Shanghai. Even if he isn’t ready to start every week, the unbelievable talent which he possesses can’t be denied.

The argument at the moment seems to be that Gomes needs to commit his future to the club before he is rewarded with minutes on the pitch, but with little to show for the last few months of action the temptation to leave must surely be growing.

Injury to Paul Pogba as well as the expected absence of Scott McTominay leaves Solskjaer with somewhat of a midfield dilemma this weekend, and given the stubbornness of Sheffield United’s defense, creativity will be essential in securing a result.

In order to convince Gomes to commit his future to his boyhood club Solskjaer must prove there is genuine opportunity for him to progress at Old Trafford. And on the weekend when Ravel Morrison will be reunited with his former side, the United manager must do his part to make sure Gomes isn’t the next wonder-kid who fails to make the grade at the club.

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