But having been in the centre circle, the former Sporting CP man gave it everything he had to sprint back and chase the Norwich left-back - ultimately knocking him off the ball and regaining possession for his side.
The England global was named the Red Devils' new skipper following Ashley Young's move to Inter in January, and he has taken on the extra responsibility admirably.
United have failed to win on their last three visits to the south coast, last emerging victorious when they met in the FA Cup in 1983.
He popped up in the box to net a dramatic late victor in the second half of extra time, and subsequently picked up the man of the match award.
The Norwegian boss told United's official website: "I think his performances on the pitch say it all". He's become club captain, he's a leader and he's chipping in with goals, so I'm very happy with Harry. That's why they are both here at the club and I'm sure they are looking forward to it.
"He's a big lad and he gets better and better the more he plays".
"As long you go into the next game knowing that you've won the previous one, that's a good place to be in". Tim Krul had a great save on Saturday from his header and we know that he's a threat to anyone.
"Got no news, nothing, so it doesn't look like it", Solskjaer said when asked if Gomes would be staying at the club ahead of United's Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night.
The coronavirus suspension has given the England worldwide time to recover, as well as lead some remarkable off-field efforts, but the 22-year-old has yet to add to his 19-goal haul since play resumed.
"He came on and looked sharp again against Norwich, against Sheffield United he missed one or two chances but the goals he created I think is what we're focusing on".
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A truck flying confederate flags passes the main entrance to Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Talladega, Ala. The drivers pushed Wallace's vehicle to the front of the field moments before the race got underway.