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Man Utd: Gary Neville holds hands up as Kobbie Mainoo proves him wrong after ‘enquiry’ | Football | Sport

Gary Neville knew Kobbie Mainoo was primed for a breakout season at Manchester United after asking the club about their supposed lack of midfielders during the summer transfer window. The former Red Devils defender has revealed that the club wouldn’t have pursued an emergency late signing if Mainoo wasn’t injured in pre-season.

Erik ten Hag pushed for the capture of Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat on an £8million season-long loan, which was completed on deadline day.

United supporters relayed concerns that Casemiro was the Dutchman’s only midfielder capable of playing as a holding midfielder after Fred’s departure.

Mainoo broke through last season, making three appearances in all competitions, one of them a start against Charlton Athletic in the Carabao Cup.

Not many outside of United expected the 18-year-old to establish himself as a regular fixture of Ten Hag’s side this season. However, the stance within the walls of Old Trafford allegedly differed.

Ahead of United’s Premier League clash against West Ham United on Sunday, Neville chipped into the praise of Mainoo’s emergence.

“To be fair to Ten Hag, I made the enquiry in the transfer window over the summer about whether they needed another central midfielder,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Amrabat was linked with them at the time, but they said that if Mainoo hadn’t been injured, they’d not have brought anyone in. Because he did go down, Amrabat came in, but the faith was there in him from the start.

“He’s proven already that he’s got the quality as well as the temperament to play in these big matches. He’s a real star.”

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