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“I spotted…” – Man United starlet Kobbie Mainoo took Roy Keane’s advice during Liverpool draw



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Manchester United starlet Kobbie Mainoo was one of the best players against Liverpool at Anfield as he looked to take advice from Roy Keane.

Mainoo, 18, became the youngest Manchester United player to start against Liverpool in Premier League history. He was alongside Sofyan Amrabat and Scott McTominay in the engine room.

The Reds displayed a resolute defensive performance, with Liverpool dominating the majority of the game. However, Mainoo also managed to show his calm and quality in possession.

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His best moment came when he played a beautiful pass in behind the Liverpool defence to Alejandro Garnacho, who was thwarted by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s late challenge.

The 18-year-old was one of the best on the pitch during his full Premier League debut against Everton, whilst he was also a bright spark when United were beaten away at Newcastle.

Roy Keane was impressed by Mainoo’s display at Goodison Park but offered some advice before kick-off at Anfield on Sunday.

“We have seen him in the couple of games he has had, at Everton, he had good decision-making, and his passing was fine, but playing at Everton and Liverpool is like chalk and cheese. They obviously have great trust in him, great faith in him, he has got a nice temperament,” Keane told Sky Sports.

“One thing I spotted when he was playing against Everton was he was taking too many touches, too many chances in and around his own box, and you have got to be careful here today at Anfield because they will punish you.

“But it is nice to see a young lad in. If he wants to be a future Manchester United player, then he has got to get used to playing in these environments, obviously.”

Mainoo completed 18 of his 20 passes against Liverpool and won four of his six ground duels across the game. It seemed clear that he was more urgent in possession whilst still keeping his calming nature that helps the midfield.