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Man United are copying key Sir Alex Ferguson trick with Kobbie Mainoo



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Manchester United are copying an old trick used by Sir Alex Ferguson as they continue to nurture Kobbie Mainoo at Old Trafford.

Kobbie Mainoo made his Premier League debut against Everton last month, starting at Goodison Park and producing a Man of the Match performance in a game where Alejandro Garnacho scored one of the all-time great league goals for Manchester United.

He has since made two other starts in the competition at St. James’ Park and at Anfield and has rightfully received praise for his positive displays at the age of just 18.

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According to the Manchester Evening News, United are blocking Mainoo from all media duties, such as pre and post-match interviews – a trick that Sir Alex Ferguson used with Ryan Giggs when the winger was just 19 years of age.

The club are wary of Mainoo having too much exposure too early in his career, and club sources have told the MEN that the young midfielder “has remained completely calm” during his first season with the senior squad.

“Mainoo’s feet are so firmly on the ground,” described one club source, and it has also been revealed that he still parks in the main car park rather than the first team spaces and that he continues to live with his parents.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s ability to properly raise young talent was a gift that handed United some of their greatest-ever players, such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Cristiano Ronaldo, and taking a leaf out of his book is a smart choice.

Garnacho was only recently granted the ability to do his first post-match interview after his Everton heroics and conducted his first external media interview last month.