Manchester United midfielder Kobbie Mainoo gave a positive fitness update as he featured in the Youth Champions League game
Manchester United youngster Kobbie Mainoo has provided a promising update on his fitness, signalling a potential senior team appearance. The 18-year-old suffered an injury in the pre-season loss against Real Madrid that hampered his progress, sidelining him until October.
The Red Devils have lost nine games from 17 matches in all competitions this season, showing vulnerability in various areas. United manager Erik ten Hag is working diligently to find the right balance for the team.
Despite the signing of experienced players like Sofyan Amrabat and Mason Mount, United’s midfield has struggled with energy and creativity. Ten Hag deployed a 4-2-4 formation against Copenhagen in their 4-3 Champions League Group A defeat.
The rigid formation helped United dominate the first half hour of the game until the Marcus Rashford red card. However, with Casemiro sidelined with injury for a long period, the Red Devils need a proper no. 6.
Mainoo is an incredibly versatile defensive midfielder with ability to adapt in various midfield roles. Despite standing at 1.75 meters, Mainoo exhibits significant strength, allowing him to hold his ground in duels.
The England U19 works tirelessly for his team, carrying out defensive talks with intelligence and anticipation that negates his age. The 18-year-old possesses excellent decision-making as he distributes the ball and dictates the tempo for his team with elegance.
Mainoo has a strong technical ability and low centre of gravity that helps him control and maneuver in tight spaces.
Ten Hag included the 18-year-old in the matchday squad for the Premier League clash against Fulham and Manchester City. While he was an unused substitute in these matches, it’s clear that Mainoo’s time to shine is drawing closer.
Mainoo used his Instagram story (h/t Manchester Evening News) to update his followers on his progress. He shared a simple yet promising five-word message:
“Getting back up to speed.”
Accompanied by a picture of himself during training, this statement serves as a beacon of hope for the United fans. The Old Trafford loyalists are eagerly anticipating the return of one of their brightest academy prospects to the first-team squad.
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The 18-year-old featured in the Youth Champions League game for United which ended in a 2-2 draw against Copenhagen.
As United navigates a challenging season, the emergence of Mainoo offers a ray of hope for a brighter future. The anticipation surrounding his senior debut continues to build, and fans can’t wait to witness the young midfielder’s impact.