KID ON THE BLOCK
Manchester United's teenage midfielder has impressed for the Red Devils
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has given youth product Kobbie Mainoo his chance in recent games - and the midfielder has impressed.
On his full Premier League debut, against Everton in late November, Mainoo served notice of his talent with a fine display for the Red Devils.
After starring at Goodison, the 18-year-old also started against Newcastle at the weekend, and was given his UCL debut at Galatasaray.
Ten Hag has lauded the youngster’s impact on the United team, telling reporters: "If [players] are good enough, they are old enough.”
United captain Bruno Fernandes has also heaped praise on Mainoo, highlighting the speed of thought boasted by his fellow midfielder.
Mainoo has achieved a 90% pass-completion rate so far this season, while his defensive work has led to comparisons with N’Golo Kanté.
A player who joined United’s youth academy at the age of nine, Mainoo is currently under contract at Old Trafford until 2027.
An England age-group regular, he’s also eligible for Ghana - and there are fears the Black Stars could snap him up ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Wherever Mainoo’s allegiances end up lying, one thing’s for sure: he’s a huge talent. He looks destined to be a stand-out performer in his position.