Manchester United starlet Kobbie Mainoo responded to a grief-stricken Red Devils fan on social media and invited his family to a match at Old Trafford. Supporter Daniel Killeen shared the heartbreaking news that his father Vincent had passed away on Sunday after a battle with cancer.
Daniel took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to explain that one of his final memories with his father was watching United’s 4-3 win over Wolves together in Vincent’s hospital room. Mainoo scored a breathtaking 97th-minute winner to rescue all three points and sparked jubilant scenes not only in Molineux’s away end, but also with the Killeens.
Daniel attempted to get in touch with Mainoo as he explained on X: “Really keen to try and get someone at Man Utd to get this message to Kobbie, so any shares or retweets would be much appreciated. Sadly my father (Vincent) lost his brave battle against cancer yesterday.
“The last game we watched together was the Wolves game, just the two of us in his hospital room. When Wolves equalised we were both so frustrated. I have never willed United to score more than that moment and then Kobbie Mainoo steps up with an amazing winner.
“Seeing Dads arm in the air, a smile on his face and declaring ‘that’s why you watch United’. When he saw that you were doing an interview, he insisted that I stay so he could listen. I know football should be about winning trophies, but you will never score a more important goal for our family Kobbie.
“You are already a hero in our household and you are now my seven-year-old’s favourite player. Thank you for a truly brilliant and special moment. I am sure your career will bring many of them.”
United icon Rio Ferdinand was made aware of the post and said that he would pass on the message. That led to Mainoo himself reaching out to the Killeen family through the club’s account to make a touching offer.
In a video, Mainoo said: “Hi Daniel, Kobbie here. I saw your message on Twitter and was really touched by your story. I’m really sorry about the passing of your father. I’m glad you could share such a special moment together, and I could play a small part in that.
“I wanted to invite you and your son to a game soon at Old Trafford. So we’ll get in touch and get everything sorted. Stay strong and I’ll see you soon.”
Daniel replied: “To everyone at Manchester United and to Kobbie. Thank you so much for responding to our message. It genuinely means so much to us during such a really difficult time for us as a family.
“That goal and my Dad’s reaction to it will forever stay with me and I know the fact that it was such a significant goal from such a young and talented player with an amazing future made it even more special for him.
“Just taking the time to send a video message is so appreciated, but giving his grandson one final gift from his Grandfather (Pops) is just incredible. I cannot tell you how grateful we are as a family and I am sure it will be (an) experience my son Joshua will look forward to so much.”