National Team Coach is Considering Convening Next Month’s A-Match
Manchester United ‘supersacred’ 18-year-old midfielder Kobe Mainou is expected to be called up for England’s national team.
England’s “90MIN” Graham Bailey said on the 8th, “England national team coach Gareth Southgate is considering calling up Mainu for the England national team game next month.”
Mainu is considered the best midfielder talent among Manchester United youth. He joined Manchester United in 2014 and signed a professional contract for the first time in May 2022. He showed good performance against Carlisle United in the EFL Trophy last season, drawing the attention of Erik ten Hag.
In a match against Newcastle United in October 2022, he was listed on the bench. During the World Cup break, he scored a goal in a friendly match against Spain’s Cadiz. United rotated in the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup, meeting Charlton from the third division, and made his debut as a starter.
Afterwards, Manchester United beat Newcastle in the final to win the championship, adding to their first season as a professional player. In February last year, United signed a contract with Mainu by moving quickly. This will keep Mainu at Manchester United until 2027. After signing the contract, Mainu made his Premier League debut.
Ahead of this season’s event, Mainu is expected to be heavily coached by Ten Hag. Unfortunately, Mainu was hurt due to injury. Mainu started three consecutive pre-season games, raising expectations for his performance, but failed to play a single game until October last year due to injury sustained in a match against Real Madrid.
Fortunately, he returned to training normally and was included on the bench list at the end of October. From Manchester United’s point of view, Mainu’s return was welcomed because he groaned amid the midfielder’s sluggishness and injury. Finally, he made a comeback in the 13th round match against Everton.
Mainu played as a defensive midfielder for 67 minutes and was highly evaluated by many media, nearly eight points. In particular, he showed good performance in both ball and defense, including rear build-up, ball transportation, and sluggish defense, which have been pointed out as the most problematic of the season in Manchester United.
After returning to injury, he played consistently and took the position of Manchester United’s main midfielder. In the match against Newport County in the round of 32 of the FA Cup, Diogo Dalot scored his debut goal for Manchester United, and in the 22nd round match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, he dribbled alone in the second half to beat two or three opponents.
Due to Mainu’s strong performance, Manchester United, which fell to the mid-range, has also risen vertically. Currently, Manchester United is ranking sixth with 38 points, 12 wins, 2 draws, 9 losses. With six points against Tottenham Hotspur in fifth place and eight points against Aston Villa in fourth place, the team still has a chance of getting a Champions League ticket.
With Mainu’s recent performance, good news has been heard. There have been reports that Manchester United will sign a contract with Mainu after this season. British “Daily Mail” Chris Wheeler said, “Mainu will receive an improved contract this summer as compensation for a season that has made remarkable progress.”
Moreover, chances are high that he will call up the England national team. Last year, Mainu was called up for the England Under-17 and U-18 teams, and could play for the Ghanaian adult national team as Mainu also holds Ghanaian nationality.
England’s “The Times” Paul Hurst said on the 2nd, “The Ghanaian national team is tempting Mainu to choose Ghana over England.” Mainu also has Ghanaian nationality, so he can call up the national team. It seems that Southgate has taken measures to prevent such mishaps.
Graham Bailey said, “England will fight to preserve the holy Maino of Manchester United. Gareth Southgate, the England manager, is considering summoning Maino in March.” Will Maino ever be called up for England during the upcoming A-match period. 안전 토토사이트