Erik ten Hag Praises Kobbie Mainoo’s Impressive Start at Manchester United
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has expressed his admiration for Kobbie Mainoo’s exceptional performance since joining the club. Despite being only 18 years old, Mainoo has displayed a level of maturity beyond his years.
Mainoo made his full Premier League debut against Everton last Sunday and passed the test with flying colors. He continued to impress in a midweek match against Galtasaray, where he made a late cameo appearance off the bench.
Ten Hag acknowledges Mainoo’s progress and believes he has surpassed summer recruit Sofyan Amrabat in the pecking order. However, the manager also emphasizes the importance of managing Mainoo’s workload to ensure his continued development.
Managing Mainoo’s Workload
Ten Hag stated, “If he’s ready or not (fit), he showed on Sunday he was ready. We have to manage three games in six days to get the best results from all the games. We have more than 11 players, we have good options there. Sofyan Amrabat showed he was playing a good game. We have to manage the load of the players and it’s about freshness as well.”
Mainoo’s Impressive Qualities
Ten Hag is particularly impressed with Mainoo’s scanning ability and decision-making skills. He describes Mainoo as someone who always seems to have time on the field because he scans the options and makes the right decisions. Mainoo’s ability to delay or speed up his play adds to his effectiveness.
Upcoming Challenge at St James’ Park
Mainoo’s temperament will face another test in the hostile environment of St James’ Park. Ten Hag acknowledges the progress Newcastle has made under Eddie Howe and respects them as a difficult team to play against. He emphasizes the need for Manchester United to rise to the occasion and be at their best against Newcastle.
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