One of Old Trafford’s rising stars is the subject of a viral video suggesting he went to Prophet T. B. Joshua seeking a cure to his medical challenges
Man United youngster Angel Gomes has confirmed the authenticity of the viral video on social media linking him with a visit to the Nigerian prophet when he was 16 for help with his injuries, confessing that he went at the leading of his Christian parents.
Prophet T.B. Joshua leads the Synagogue Church of All Nations with headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria.
Gomes joined United at age six and has established himself as one of the club’s most talented youngsters, graduating to the first team in 2017.
Gomes is the youngest player to represent Manchester United since Duncan Edwards in 1953, as well as the first player born in the 2000s to appear in the Premier League.
But injuries have impacted the 19-year-old’s career with the former captain of England’s under-16, under-17 and under-18 sides having managed only ten senior appearances for the Red Devils.
However, a two-minute clip of the English playmaker has surfaced on social media, which serves as clear evidence that the teenager took unusual measures to try and overcome his various fitness problems.
In the video, the United star says: “My name is Angel Gomes, I’m from Manchester. I’m sixteen.
“I play for Manchester United Football Club. And I’ve been struggling really with injuries.
“I’ve been having injuries around my hip and groin which have been affecting me playing. I also suffered an ankle injury not long ago which 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 or playing games, these injuries would happen quite frequently.
“I play for Man United. I also represent the England national team under-17 level as captain. I’ve known about the Synagogue Church of Nations for a long time.
“As my family follows the prophet, my parents are big fans. So we thought it would be a good time for me to come and be touched by the prophet.”
But Gomes has now set the record straight and insisted the video is nothing out of the ordinary for people from his religion.
He said: “Regarding the video that has come out from 2016. I am from a Christian family and 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 practising my faith. I didn’t really need to explain myself, but a lot of people were 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.”