“I got ahead of myself”- Manchester United hero Kobbie Mainoo apologises for what he did vs Liverpool

Manchester United star Kobbie Mainoo “sorry” for celebrating goal against Liverpool

As reported by The Sun, Kobbie Mainoo was apologetic for celebrating his goal against Liverpool after the game on Sunday.

The 18-year-old England international’s curling effort in the 67th minute put United ahead last night, before a late Mo Salah penalty made the two rivals settle for a draw.

Having scored his first goal on the Old Trafford pitch as a senior United pro, Mainoo was expressive in his post-goal celebrations as he blew kisses to the crowd, ending it with a salute.

Manchester United star Kobbie Mainoo "sorry" for celebrating goal against Liverpool. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Mainoo earned himself an 8.1 rating from FotMob for his performance against Liverpool on Sunday. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Later, however, he felt that he should not have celebrated in the way he did.

“Yeah, it felt good so I got ahead of myself, sorry.

“An unbelievable feeling, my first professional goal at Old Trafford, and to do it in this fixture is also amazing.

“At the end of the day, we don’t walk away with the three points so I can’t be too happy.”

Next up for Man United is a Premier League affair on the south coast as they face Bournemouth this Saturday.

An interesting insight into Mainoo’s personality

Players are expected to feel sorry for celebrating too much or making mistakes these days; it’s silly at best and dangerous at worst.

Human beings should be allowed to express their emotions, especially in a sporting environment built on top of them. In this context, a young man scoring his first goal at the revered pitch of the club whose academy he has come through against their biggest rivals should not be a matter of apology.

Manchester United star Kobbie Mainoo "sorry" for celebrating goal against Liverpool. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Having earned his first England cap and impressed, it’s hard to imagine Gareth Southgate not take him to the Euros this summer. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

That said, it is interesting that Mainoo felt the need to apologise at all, especially when he was not prompted. The 18-year-old has proven himself to be mature beyond his years this season by virtue of not only his football but only his comportment off the pitch. This is but another example of his precocious nature.

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Mainoo is a veritable legend in the making, and he is proving himself to be ready for the big challenges football has to offer.