Sportsmen and women have been known to employ unconventional measures in the desperate search of solutions to nagging injuries and it appears Manchester United’s Angel Gomes is one such athlete.
A viral video has surfaced online appearing to show the life-long Red Devil being healed of various injuries by acclaimed Nigerian healer T.B Joshua.
In the video which appears to be three years old at least, Gomes is seen identifying himself as a sixteen-year-old United player whose parents are “big fans” of Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
Gomes who will be 20-years-old in August then explained his mission at the church.
“I had been really struggling with injuries,” Gomes is heard saying in the video.
“I was having injuries around my hip and groin which had affected playing and also I suffered an ankle injury not long ago which had affected me playing kept me out for a long time.
“These injuries would come at hard times for me, times when I was having a breakthrough or times when I had to go to a tournament and play in games these injuries would happen quite frequently.”
With the injuries hampering his development at United and with conventional methods proving useless, Gomes said his family who watched videos of Joshua’s miracle sessions “thought that it would be a good time and chance for me to come and be touched by the prophet”
Joshua is then seen performing his trademark healing motions on Gomes who was shown swaying and moving ostensibly under the impact of supernatural forces.
“You are healed,” Joshua informed the player to the delight of the congregation.
To demonstrate that he’d truly been healed, the diminutive midfielder then performed short sprints and squats to delightful applause.
Explaining what he felt as Joshua worked his magic, Gomes said: “
I just felt something inside me like a little shock, I was surprised and can’t really describe how I fell. It’s all just coming to me now really.”
Gomes who has also captained the England U17 national team is one of several sports stars who have sought out the services of T.B Joshua when science failed.
Meanwhile, Gomes’ Old Trafford future hangs in the balance with the player whose deal runs out in June yet to commit his future to the club.
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 and for whom he has made ten appearances.
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.