Angel Gomes has reacted to a viral video of him being ‘healed’ by popular Nigerian cleric Prophet T.B Joshua.
The video which trended on social media on Monday depicted a then 16-year-old Gomes being attended to by Joshua at the cleric’s Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) church.
The now 19-year-old diminutive midfielder explained in the video that he’d sought out the healer at the behest of his parents in search of a permanent cure for recurring injuries which had hindered his development at United.
The playmaker is a life-long Red Devil having graduated from the club’s academy to the first team in 2017 and has since made ten appearances for the club.
Following the uproar generated by the video which saw thousands of rival fans poke fun at the player, Gomes took to social media on Tuesday to explain the rationale behind his actions at the time insisting that there are far more important things like the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement for people to focus on than his faith.
“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. I was going through some issues. From the outside looking in it looks crazy, but I was just practicing (sic) my faith,” Gomes wrote on Twitter.
“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.”
The situation is an unwelcome distraction for a player whose Manchester United contract is about to run out in a matter of weeks.
Gomes who has made six appearances for the Red Devils this season is currently on a contract worth £17,000 a week and United have reportedly offered to increase it to £25,000 a week.
The playmaker is said to be ‘underwhelmed’ by the deal on the table and despite reports claiming that United have returned with an improved £30,000 per week offer, nothing has been agreed as the clock ticks down.
If the diminutive playmaker walks away from the club with no deal on 30 June it would mark the end of his association at a club he joined when he was just six-years-old.
However, Metro claims that ‘United believe Gomes’ preference is to remain at the club and that his representatives are simply seeking a better deal for their client’.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has repeatedly spoken of his desire to keep Gomes at the club.