Most ground duels won, 100% take-ons completed; Stats vs Liverpool show Manchester United may already have Casemiro replacement ready

Manchester United already have a young star getting ready to replace Casemiro

Manchester United star, Kobbie Mainoo was everywhere during the team’s FA Cup game against Liverpool. It was a hard-fought battle by both sides who gave us a seven-goal thriller. Even towards the end of extra-time, nothing was separating the two sides.

However, it was young Amad Diallo who put the team on his shoulders and scored a last-minute winner to seal a place for them in the FA Cup semi-finals. While people will surely be happy with the 21-year-old, it is 18-year-old Kobbie Mainoo who was United’s best youngster last night.

As shown by the stats from Squawka, The English midfielder completed all of his take-ons and the most amount of ground duels with seven. Mainoo holding down the middle line for the Red Devils made a world of difference.

On a day when most expected Manchester United to lose, the youngsters on the team were just having none of it. Casemiro is expected to be a big part of last night’s game. However, he was ruled out 24 hours before kickoff and Mainoo did well to step in his boots.

The Brazilian is expected to take a leave from Old Trafford this season. Casemiro is approaching the wrong side of 30 and his injury issues could prompt the team to swiftly move him for some money before the situation gets worse.

As proven by Mainoo last night, he is more than capable of stopping the opponent’s attack. The team should focus on the young midfielder’s development instead of splurging big money on a new player.

Mainoo has the potential to become one of the best midfielders in football.
Mainoo has the potential to become one of the best midfielders in football. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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At the tender age of 18 Kobbie Mainoo was able to replace Casemiro in the Manchester United lineup. It’ll be interesting to see how far the young star will go over time.