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Ten Hag praise teenager Kobbie Mainoo after dramatic Man United win

Manchester United manager Eric Ten Hag praised youngster Kobbie Mainoo after his winning goal against Wolves.

Manchester United secured a late 4-3 victory over Wolves on Thursday evening, thanks to a dramatic winner from Kobbie Mainoo in injury time.

After the match, Ten Hag admitted he had “mixed feelings” after his team threw away a two-goal lead.

“To be honest, I had mixed feelings,” Ten Hag said. “One side very pleased, of course it’s a massive win this.

I think for a neutral fan, spectator of this game, it was great to see but as a manager when you see you dominate a game for an hour, you should go 3 or 4-0 by the hour, because we had the chances and we conceded nothing.

“But then the way we concede the goals we should manage that better on the pitch, this can’t happen.

But then you see the spirit of the team and the resilience and especially in Kobbie Mainoo, that is great to see.

We have the right character, the spirit in the dressing room is very good when you can show this.”

The 18-year-old midfielder was part of the squad in pre-season but suffered an injury and missed the start of the season. Since his return, Mainoo has played in 13 matches for United and scored his first Premier League against Wolves.

I think very quickly I saw him,” Ten Hag said. “I think last autumn I saw him for the first time and at that moment I thought he was playing a little bit too comfortable in the Under-21s, he should be much more dominant.

We pushed him a lot by that side, by pushing him in training and you see he makes such good progress and he is almost progressing from game to game.

“And of course, it’s wonderful to see and I hope he stays calm like he is, as he did with his goal as well.

He is determined, he is a good character and I hope he keeps going with this progress.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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