Kobbie Mainoo surprised everyone with his great performance against Everton. Although he made his debut in the Premier League and is only 18 years old, this defensive midfielder is a delight for football fans. To have such maturity and confidence at the age of 18 is truly impressive.
The legends of Manchester United had nothing but words of praise for Mainoo after the match. Rio Ferdinand was primarily surprised by the fact that Mainoo was not Man of the Match. ‘I don’t know how they gave the Man of the Match [award] elsewhere,’ Ferdinand said on Vibe With Five, as quoted by METRO!
’18 years old, especially centre midfield, very rarely do you see a composed performance like that.'
Rio Ferdinand reacts to Kobbie Mainoo performance
Ferdinand put special emphasis on the fact that Mainoo showed security on the ball.
He knew how to fight against the pressure of the opposing team. Rio believes that United needed a player like Mainoo. The young Englishman will be a huge boost for Manchester United for the rest of the season. It seems that a club like United needed a player like Mainoo for a long time.
Having security in midfield is key in today's modern football. Casemiro, Amrabat, and other defensive midfielders will have a huge problem if Mainoo continues with these performances. He has already shown that Erik ten Hag can count on him in the future.
‘Away from home it’s crash, bang, wallop at Everton at Goodison [Park] under the circumstances they went there. The way he was dropping in between the centre-backs, not even getting it and bopping it one or two touch, he was getting it, taking touches, drifting by people or away from people, away from the challenge and the press, and then releasing it.
That’s what these centre-backs and goalkeeper have been waiting for – someone who can alleviate that pressure and beat that press. I thought about it the other day, 18-year-olds coming into the first team in the Premier League who gave performances like that… [Cesc] Fabregas? I’m not saying he [Mainoo] is as good as these guys, there have been more explosive but I’m talking about composure. This was a crazy performance.’