Ten Hag Praises One Key Attribute of Kobbie Mainoo After England Debut

Ten Hag Praises One Key Attribute of Kobbie Mainoo After England Debut

Isaac Darko
March 29, 2024 at 5:01 PM
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  • Erik ten Hag has lauded Man United youngster Kobbie Mainoo after his England debut
  • Mainoo was superb throughout when the Three Lions drew with Belgium
  • The Ghanaian-born England youngster was named man-of-the-match

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is confident Kobbie Mainoo can cope with the hype of being proclaimed a rising star for club and country.

The 19-year-old won man-of-the-match on his first England start in Tuesday's 2-2 draw against Belgium to put himself firmly in contention to be selected in Gareth Southgate's squad for Euro 2024.

Kobbie Mainoo shone on his first international call-up by England
Kobbie Mainoo shone on his first international call-up by England.Photo: Glyn Kirk
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Mainoo has also been a rare shining light this season for United, becoming a key member of Ten Hag's midfield since making his first Premier League start in November.

"I thought it was very good, but we are not surprised," Ten Hag said Friday of Mainoo's international bow via The Independent. "We have seen what he is capable of, that he can very quickly adapt to high levels. It looks very natural.
"We are very happy for him and of course a little bit proud. I would say very proud.
"It's great for the academy of Manchester United that they bring up a player so young going into the national team. That is a big compliment for the whole club."

A thrilling 4-3 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals prior to the international break has helped keep United's season alive.

The Red Devils are now big favourites to reach the final for a second consecutive year after being drawn against second-tier Coventry in the last four.

United are also hunting down Aston Villa and Tottenham in the hope of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Ten Hag's men are nine points adrift of fourth-placed Villa with a game in hand and six behind Tottenham.

A top four finish would guarantee a place in the Champions League, but fifth may also be good enough if English sides finish the season strongly in the European competitions.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)
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