Manchester United’s Angel Gomes says he was temporarily deafened by the crowd at Old Trafford as he came off the bench in their 3-1 win over Huddersfield.The 18-year-old replaced Juan Mata in the 80th minute of the Boxing Day encounter, making just his third appearance for the Premier League side.The home support gave a warm welcome to one of the club’s most promising academy stars and he admitted afterwards that he was taken aback by the atmosphere. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Yes, it’s always nice to come on, especially when you are a young lad, following in the footsteps of the other players who are progressing and doing well,” Gomes told MUTV. “To come on and hear the crowd cheering you on was a great feeling for me.”My ears actually blocked! I couldn’t really hear, but, as soon as I got on, I felt at ease. The players helped me, they spoke to me and gave me instructions and I was fine from then on.””It is just the start, it was good. Me and [fellow youth star] Jimmy [Garner] travelled for the last game as well so to travel again was an added bonus and to get some minutes was great and I think United’s about bringing youth through and I think with the new manager and how things are going it is there for the taking really.”The Red Devils were already 3-0 up by the time Gomes was brought on, so he was given some encouraging words by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before his first appearance of the season.”He told me to enjoy myself, get on the pitch, come inside, get on the ball and get as many touches as I can and to enjoy the atmosphere. I tried to do that coming on and it was a great experience,“ he added.”It just the start and whichever team I play for – the reserves, in the Youth League or the first team, I will give it my all and I will take every opportunity as it comes.”United have enjoyed a bright start under Solskjaer, having won both matches since the caretaker manager replaced Jose Mourinho, and Gomes is confident he and his team-mates will thrive under the former striker.”He is a legend at the club. The fans will get behind him because the things he won with the club and how great of a player he was,” he added. “For the manger to come in and for me to learn from a manager like Solskjaer is great and the other younger lads too because growing up we were all watching him. It is a great feeling.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TORONTO — The chairman of Canada’s telecommunications regulator says he is not reapplying for the role, days before his five-year term — one marked by clashes with industry at a time of seismic change — comes to a close.Jean-Pierre Blais assumed the helm of the CRTC at a time of technological upheaval with the rise of video streaming services like Netflix and the accelerating rollout of high-speed mobile networks.During his tenure, Blais championed a number of policies intended to be consumer-friendly, developing a reputation along the way for being one of the more activist CRTC leaders in recent memory.“I think we’ve made a difference and I’ll let it up to other people,” he said in an interview Monday. He said he did not know who would succeed him.Blais implemented so-called skinny TV packages for no more than $25 per month, enacted a wireless code of conduct and declared broadband Internet access a basic service — the latter a move applauded by consumer advocacy group OpenMedia, a frequent CRTC critic.Michael Geist, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, said the changes that came under Blais will have an impact long after his departure.“Shifting the culture of a government agency and working to bring Canada’s communications regulatory framework into the digital age is something that largely eluded his predecessors,” Geist said on his website.“Blais came to the commission with an exceptionally ambitious agenda. He achieved far more than could have reasonably been expected and he is likely to be regarded as the most consequential CRTC chair in a generation.”Blais repeatedly squared off with the big telecom companies, holding little back in his pronouncements.He slammed Rogers and Shaw after they shut down their video streaming service Shomi late last year, publicly musing whether they became too accustomed to a “protected ecosystem rather than rolling up their sleeves” to strengthen their businesses.Last October, he also incurred some corporate scorn after announcing interim rates that the big telcos must charge independent service providers to gain access to their faster networks. Some of the telcos warned that if those rates were maintained, that could hamper future investment in broadband networks.Even leaders of news organizations found themselves a target of the CRTC chairman. At a speech before the Canadian Club of Toronto, he painted some of them as greedy “corporate executives who own luxury yachts and private helicopters” with their hands out for public subsidies.He also hinted the CRTC may not renew licences of TV service providers that fail to respect the spirit of the regulator’s basic cable regulations. Blais, whose term ends Saturday, said he has no immediate plans.“Taking the summer off and we’ll see.”The Canadian Press