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Kobbie Mainoo sends message to Erik ten Hag with Man Utd job now safe


Kobbie Mainoo has admitted his delight at listening to the information that Erik ten Hag will stay Manchester United supervisor.

Ten Hag survived a prolonged post-season evaluate by new United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and is now in talks over extending his contract at Outdated Trafford.

Whereas Ten Hag has confronted loads of criticism over the previous 12 months, one space by which he has obtained widespread reward is his religion in 19-year-old Mainoo, who shortly established himself as a key member of the United first workforce final season.

Mainoo’s performances for the Purple Devils have been so spectacular that he earned up a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2024, and he climbed off the bench within the latter levels of the 1-0 win over Serbia on Sunday to make his debut at a serious worldwide match.

Fronting up for media duties forward of England’s subsequent sport, Mainoo instructed the media of the choice to maintain Ten Hag in his function: “Clearly pleased to be constructing with him. He is already bought two trophies and hopefully there are extra to return.

“It’s good to have that peace of thoughts, that we all know what supervisor we’re going again to within the new season.”

Jude Bellingham, Kobbie Mainoo

Mainoo changed Jude Bellingham in England’s Euro 2024 opener / Richard Pelham/GettyImages

Ten Hag was a pundit on Dutch TV for England’s win over Serbia and was caught smiling when Mainoo got here off the bench to exchange goalscorer Jude Bellingham within the 86th minute.

“I’m so grateful for him, that he put a lot belief in me and perception in me to play within the workforce,” Mainoo continued. “I can not thank him sufficient.”

Mainoo could have an elevated function on Thursday when England face off in opposition to Denmark, with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s choice in midfield dividing opinion regardless of the optimistic end result. Conor Gallagher and Adam Wharton are others in competition to play, ought to Southgate choose to maneuver in a distinct path.

United teammates Rasmus Hojlund and Christian Eriksen can be lining up in opposition to Mainoo if he options for England, and {the teenager} added of the pair: “They’re each nice teammates to me, Rasmus is younger like me so I’m at all times round him.

“I’m making an attempt to study and decide up from Christian. If I am to play on Thursday I am going to must put that to the aspect compete in opposition to him and hopefully get the win.”