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Erik ten Hag reveals reason why Kobbie Mainoo starts for Manchester United against Charlton in Carabao Cup



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Erik ten Hag has chosen to start 17-year-old Kobbie Mainoo in Manchester United’s quarter-final clash against Charlton Athletic in the Carabao Cup.

The Tuesday evening cup tie gives The Reds an opportunity for rotation and Mainoo has been given the green light to make his debut for the first-team.

He starts alongside Fred and Scott McTominay in the engine room with all three of Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro and Christian Eriksen getting some well-earned rest ahead of the Manchester Derby.

Mainoo, 17, impressed the manager during United’s friendly games over the World Cup period.

“For him, it’s a great opportunity, he did very well during the winter camp in Spain,” Ten Hag told MUTV ahead of the game. “He also did very well against Everton in a friendly.

“He deserved to play, so I’m happy to give him the opportunity – it’s about deserving it.”

The teenager was just five days old when Wayne Rooney scored his iconic volley against Newcastle in 2005. Despite his tender age, the midfielder is a strong, yet elegant player who will be eager to show his talent on the Old Trafford pitch.

He was a key member of United’s FA Youth Cup winning side last term, alongside the likes of Alejandro Garnacho and Charlie McNeill.

When asked if Mainoo is ready for this encounter, Ten Hag responded: “He has to [be ready], we have to step up, I think we have a strong team today.

“Licha, it’s his first time back, but he’s had some good training sessions and will be ready for this game. You always have to play your game, which means 100 per cent focus.”