Manchester United have officially announced a new, long-term contract with 17-year-old midfielder Kobbie Mainu, confirming that he has a future in Erik ten Hag’s eyes.
If you ask football fans, other teams may not know this young star. But if they are Red Army girls. They will familiar. Because Cobbie Mainu consider one of the key. Forces in Manchester United’s reserve team. This season he was push up to the big set following the footsteps. Lejandro Carnacho.
Mainu, a 17-year-old boy, was born in Stockport. He originally played for Cheadle & Gatley’s youth team before the Red Devils saw him joining the squad as a nine-year-old.
This youngster made an impression. and continue to develop through the club’s youth system and received his first professional contract in May 2022.
Many of the Red Devils youngsters who shone through the ages and then disappeared into the clouds include Will Keane, Federico Macheda, Davide Petrucci and Ravel. Morrison or even Adnan Januzaj. But for Mainu he’s on a good track and the club hopes it doesn’t fail like the youngsters of the past.
Mainu shone brightly for the U21s against Brighton earlier this season. Before showing an equally impressive form when facing League Two team Carlisle United in the EFL Trophy
Mainu was also a key player for the side that won the FA Youth Cup against Nottingham Forest in May last year. And his outstanding form with the reserve team made him Ten Hag train with the first team.
Much has been said about Mainu. Before he made his debut with the first team, staff and fans, but it would have been nothing if it hadn’t come from the mouths of manager Ten Hag himself.
Mainu has yet to make his Premier League debut. But has name on the bench six times this season. And just named as a substitute again in the last match that Manchester United opened at home with Leeds United 2-2 on Wednesday night.
It shows how much Ten Hag admires the youngster. Before the season started we could have talking about defensive duo Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal, but now it’s Mainu. Who is more likely to catch the eye of the Dutch head coach.
Part of this may be due to Mainu’s position. Which is more towards a playmaker. And this position now has only one Bruno Fernandes. Which when the Portuguese midfielder rested It was Mainu’s chance. But the stick was that Bruno was fit, never reste. Mainu had to wait patiently for his chance.
At only 17 years old, Mainu still has a lot to develop. and obtaining a new long-term contract Indicates that he still has a future with Manchester United, and with Erik Ten Hag as a manager, he is confident that Mainu is in very good hands for development.
So now he just has to train hard. Constantly developing, waiting for opportunities, having to seize them when the opportunity arrives. And believe that in the next 5 years we will definitely see one of the key midfielders of the Red Devils named “Cobbie Mainu”.