Ghana Wonderkid Kobbie Mainoo Shines as Man United Beat Nottingham Forest to Win FA Youth Cup

Ghana Wonderkid Kobbie Mainoo Shines as Man United Beat Nottingham Forest to Win FA Youth Cup

  • English-born Ghanaian Kobbie Mainoo played pivotal role as Manchester United's Under-18s won the FA Youth Cup by beating Nottingham Forest 3-1 in the final
  • Goals in each half, including a brace from Alejandro Garnacho, secured United’s 11th FA Youth Cup victory
  • Kobbie Mainoo made his Manchester United U18 debut in October after earning promotion from the U16

Ghanaian teen sensation Kobbie Mainoo was overly impressive as Manchester United's Under-18s won the FA Youth Cup by beating Nottingham Forest 3-1 in the final.

The 17-year-old midfielder, who played the entire duration of the game, starred in front of a raucous 67,492-strong crowd on Wednesday at Old Trafford.

Mainoo dictated the game for Travis Binnion's side, and his delicate passing in the middle third often opened up Nottingham Forest.

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Kobbie Mainoo celebrates with his teammates after Manchester United U18s FA Youth Cup triumph. Photo by Ash Donelon
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After fast footwork inside the area, Mainoo had a shot at goal within the first minute, indicating his determination to challenge the Forest goalie.

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Kobbie Mainoo of Manchester United U18s in action during the FA Youth Cup Final against Nottingham Forest U18. Photo by Tom Purslow
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Mainoo played a big part in helping Man United reach the final after scoring twice on their run to Wednesday's final.

How Man United U18 defeated Nottingham U18 to win FA Youth Cup

Rhys Bennett opened the scoring for Man, United with an incisive header but Forest levelled through Josh Powell.

Argentine wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho restored the lead for United 12 minutes from time after successfully converting a penalty.

He then copied Cristiano Ronaldo's trademark 'SIUU' celebration, which was greeted by a thunderous reception from the Old Trafford faithful.

Garnacho then bagged his second goal of the night with a stunning individual effort to wrap things up.

He pounced on a mistake before cutting back and forth, eventually finding the back of the net with a left footed strike.

Who is Kobbie Mainoo?

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Mainoo was born to Ghanaian parents in Stockport, Manchester, in 2005. He visited his motherland last December to celebrate Christmas and spend some quality time with his family in Accra.

The promising youngster made his Manchester United U18 debut in October after earning promotion from the U16 side where he had demonstrated great precocity.

One of the youngest members of United's U18s side might well be their most talented, with midfielder Mainoo having earned rave reviews all season long.

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Kobbie Mainoo, Sonny Aljofree, Maxi Oyedele of Manchester United U18s celebrate Man United U18 FA Youth Cup victory. Photo by Ash Donelon
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Likened to Pogba for the way he is able to embarrass opponents with bits of skill or his trademark nutmegs, the England youth international is also able to drive forward from midfield, while his eye for goal comes from him starting his career as a striker.

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Prior to kick-off, Garnacho was named Manchester United’s U18 Player of the Year, thanks to his stellar performances that saw him earn a place in the first team this season under Ralf Rangnick.

United, on Wednesday, May 11, beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 to clinch the trophy in front of a mammoth 67,492 crowd.

Source: Sports Brief News

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