Kobbie Mainoo is the upcoming academy star to join Manchester United senior team – Erik Ten Hag

Kobbie Mainoo has been hailed by Erik ten Hag as the upcoming Manchester United academy graduate who can join the senior team.

The 17-year-old midfielder, who is expected to become a future star, has made three appearances for Ten Hag since the beginning of the year.

Mainoo also accompanied the United team to the League Cup victory over Newcastle in February.

The midfielder for England Youth is anticipated to play a significant part in Ten Hag’s future plans, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Kobbie Mainoo is the upcoming academy star to join Manchester United senior team - Erik Ten Hag

It follows the five-year contract that Alejandro Garnacho signed last week after breaking into the first team this season.

The Argentine has proven himself when needed and gained significant Premier League and Europa League experience this season.

Ten Hag is ecstatic that Garnacho has signed a new contract and hopes the team can keep up its recent trend of advancing academy players to the first team.

“Manchester United has a long history of advancing young players into the first team and developing them.” That was one of the topics we discussed in our conversations from the previous year, according to the former Ajax manager.

“Obviously, since I was at Ajax, Ajax was similar to Man United in terms of developing young players, giving young players opportunities to work on their personalities if they feel like they are good people and have a good life and can contribute to society.

“However, we want to prepare players for the starting lineup. So, in a good way, I believe we are also in that perspective: Garnacho, Kobbie Mainoo is also on the way. The first team is reachable, but they must earn it.

“We create structures with the academy, which is brilliant work. We collaborate with the under-21s and provide training for the first team, but talent has to do it on its own.”

Ten Hag discussed his prior encounters with the club while he was in the Netherlands and demonstrated that he had done his research on United’s past.

“I’m aware of Man United’s culture and have been for some time. Of course, I’ve worked in youth football for a long time,” he said.

“I frequently encountered Man United in significant competitions in the Netherlands. Man United has always participated in our major under-15 tournament, which is, in my opinion, the largest competition for under-15 teams. Busby Babes and generation 92 were also well-known in the past and frequently brought up in conversation.


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Kobbie Mainoo is the upcoming academy star to join Manchester United senior team - Erik Ten Hag

After having surgery, Dean Henderson has confirmed that he will miss the rest of the season.

On social media, the Manchester United goalkeeper who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest announced that the surgery to treat a thigh injury was a success.

After his short-term transfer to Forest expires, the 26-year-old is optimistic that he will be ready for pre season.

Keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory over East Midlands rivals Leicester City, Henderson’s last two games with Steve Cooper’s team were particularly successful. He was the hero of a penalty shootout victory over Wolves in the Carabao Cup quarterfinal.

He only made 20 appearances in 2022–2023 because the injury kept him out since January.

Keylor Navas, a veteran who Forest acquired on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, has filled in well and recently helped Forest win 2-0 at The City Ground.

Henderson posted on Instagram, “Had surgery today on an ongoing issue. “I’m disappointed to have to sit out the remainder of the campaign, but the procedure went well, and I will be back for pre-season.

“I’ll be rooting for the boys the rest of the way!”

Forest, who are currently in 18th place in the Premier League table, are fighting to stay in the league rather than being demoted back to the Championship.

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