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Erik ten Hag agrees with two Man United stars on the “best player” at the club



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Erik ten Hag has agreed with two of his Manchester United stars on Kobbie Mainoo, with one praising him as the “best player” in the squad.

Manchester United performed the best they have all season as Erik ten Hag‘s men defeated Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

Goals in the first half from Alejandro Garnacho and Player of the Match Kobbie Mainoo in the first half were too much for Pep Guardiola as the Premier League winners failed to beat United.

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Although Jeremy Doku grabbed one back, the blue side of Manchester could not handle United’s tactical discipline and ultimately failed. Ten Hag’s men were the better team and deserved to win on the day.

Mainoo, whose goal ended up being the winning one for United, was praised by both Bruno Fernandes and Garnacho for his fantastic performance both against Man City and throughout the season.

“Kobbie Mainoo is really good, such a quality player and you can see the composure he had with the finish,” Fernandes told the BBC after the game.

“He came through the Academy, and once more, on the biggest stage in the world, he showed it again. Congratulations to everyone: the staff, the players and all the fans; they have given us a big push – finally, we have something to celebrate.”

On the same topic, Garnacho also praised his fellow youngster, calling him “the best” player in the squad.

“Incredible,” he said. “The best player in the squad, and he’s the youngest. We’re also good friends. I’m so happy for him.”

Finally, it is praise that Ten Hag agreed with: “He was really so enjoyable to watch. At his age. He’s an example. We wanted him to come in and he got a bad injury in pre-season.”

Asked how far he thinks Mainoo can go, he said: “I think we have to keep it calm. Here in England, you’re very good to push players too high, and then you hammer them with one or two bad performances.”