Former Chelsea stars Craig Burley and Mario Melchiot heaped praise on Manchester United youngster Kobbie Mainoo after his performance against Everton on Sunday, November 26.
The 18-year-old earned his first Premier League star for the Red Devils against Everton at Goodison Park. He played 72 minutes and was excellent in the defensive midfield position and he helped United win 3-0.
Mainoo completed 2/3 dribbles, won 5/8 duels, made two clearances, two interceptions, one tackle, and blocked one shot. His performance earned him the Manchester United fans’ Player of the Match award.
After the game, Burley heaped praise on Mainoo’s composure, saying on ESPN (via United in Focus): “He just looks so composed on the ball, one of the things they have struggled with. I just thought his performance was fantastic.”
Melchiot, meanwhile, was impressed by how the English youngster controlled the game and his defensive contributions as he said:
“An 18-year-old kid who can dictate the tempo of the team like that… That young kid, that young to come into a team, when all the eyes are on you, the energy he has, the way he was demanding the ball, they were playing him the ball, he was showing up for the ball.
“The key moment for me was a tackle he made in the box, and he made a block and I was like ‘wow’.”
Mainoo has come through Manchester United’s academy and has made four senior appearances so far.