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“I love that…” – Man Utd legend reveals ‘massive’ progression in Kobbie Mainoo’s game



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Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has explained the ‘massive’ progression Kobbie Mainoo has made in his game that he ‘loves’ to see.

Mainoo, 18, has emerged into Erik ten Hag’s squad this term and quickly become one of the most important players on the team.

His skillset in the midfield is crucial as he offers many attributes that none of United’s players have in their arsenal.

Bryan Robson knows all about being a top midfield player at Old Trafford and the club legend believes that Mainoo’s work behind the scenes is just as important as his talent on the pitch.

“I love the lad’s temperament. I see him at the training ground and he is always polite to everyone. That is a great start,” Robson told the Telegraph.

“I’ve heard his Dad is helpful and keeps his feet on the ground. My dad was a lorry driver and what he did was keep my feet on the ground and not get carried away with your own importance.

“That is a really important part at the age he is and the next couple of years of progression. He has the talent.”

Mainoo has made 23 appearances for United since he returned from an injury in November, including 17 starts in the Premier League.

The teenager has scored three goals, including two wonder strikes against Wolves and Liverpool.

The most recent goal against Liverpool earned Mainoo much-deserved praise, and Robson believes that an eye for goal is great for the midfielder to develop.

“Those goals he has scored recently, I love that,” added Robson. “As a central midfielder, that is a massive part if you want to become a top player.

“Some central midfielders are very good at reading the game, breaking up the play and being in the right position all the time to set up play. But if you want to go to the highest level you need goals to your game.

“Look at Rodri and the amount of goals he has scored. He is supposed to be their defensive midfield player. Roy Keane had that ability to do both. Paul Ince.

“These are great players I played with. Steven Gerrard was an all-round player who scored goals. It is great to see him (Mainoo) score goals in big games as well.”