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Erik ten Hag approves Lisandro Martinez’s advice to Kobbie Mainoo after FA Cup final



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Erik ten Hag has approved of the advice Lisandro Martínez gave Kobbie Mainoo after Manchester United’s FA Cup final win.

United delivered their finest performance of the season, defeating Manchester City in the FA Cup final under Erik ten Hag.

United seized control early, with Alejandro Garnacho opening the scoring after a mix-up with the City defence.

The momentum stayed with United, and just before halftime, Kobbie Mainoo, who was later named Player of the Match, doubled their lead with a superb finish.

Pep Guardiola’s side found themselves on the back foot, struggling against United’s tactical approach and disciplined play. Despite a spirited effort and a goal from Jeremy Doku, City couldn’t penetrate United’s solid defence.

Mainoo excelled during the game and, as previously mentioned, was named the Man of the Match.

Lisandro Martínez praised the midfielder but has also cautioned him to celebrate with “control” and not get carried away.

“I think they [Garnacho & Mainoo] deserve it. For sure, we need to show them the way, how to do it, because it’s difficult for them, for their age, to control, because they become famous, and you know, this kind of thing.

“It’s really important to show them, to teach them how to go in a good way, you know? So now, keep control, and yeah, celebrate, but with control.”

Of course, while there is understandable hype around Mainoo, no one will want him to get ahead of himself. Every time he has been interviewed, the teenager has assured that he has a good network, keeping his feet on the ground.

Ten Hag has also addressed the hype around his young player, and he believes that the English media need to “calm down” with their praise.

Alan Shearer asked the manager how far he think Mainoo can go in the game after the FA Cup final.

“I think we have to keep it calm. Because you are very good here in England to push players and managers very high, and then you hammer them when there are one or two bad performances. I think you should be more calm,” the manager responded.