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“Outstanding, exceptional…” – Jonny Evans and Christian Eriksen agree on Man United star



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Jonny Evans and Christian Eriksen have agreed on the quality and work ethic of one Manchester United teammate.

The Reds have been going through a difficult spell so far this term, with Erik ten Hag’s side sitting eighth in the Premier League after being knocked out of the Champions League.

However, there have been some positives for the Old Trafford side, particularly the emergence of 18-year-old Kobbie Mainoo.

The teenager has quickly become one of United’s most liked players among the fanbase and offers useful qualities that often go amiss in the team’s midfield.

Speaking to club media, Evans was asked about Mainoo and fellow academy players Dan Gore and Willy Kambwala. He outlined that their off-field actions have been key in gaining the manager’s trust.

“I have been so impressed, and I think their attitudes, first and foremost, have been outstanding,” explains Evans.

“I think having a good attitude as a young kid always allows you to progress and you get to a certain period in your career. The three of them have got it. 

“Every time they come into training, they show great character and application. I think that’s the reason why they have been given that. The manager has been able to look at that and see that he can trust them.”

Eriksen, 31, has offered a similar assessment of Mainoo – who he’s played alongside in the midfield during recent games.

The Danish midfield also waxed lyrical about the ability of the academy graduate on the pitch, but again, like Evans, believes Mainoo’s attitude at Carrington is ‘really good’ for him

“I’m very impressed,” said Eriksen. “Luckily, I’ve seen him in training, and I’ve seen him [from] close by.

“I really like what I see. I mean, he’s an exceptional player. He’s still a very young lad, but he’s doing really well, and he’s getting his spot in the team.”

“Being available for training and showing his qualities in the game [is important to stay in the team], which he has done.

“Then obviously, it’s up to the manager to choose and to play him and get his confidence from there.

“But I think at the moment and how he’s behaved in the first team around us has been really good. “I think he’s in a good spot.”