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‘We’ll intrude’ – Erik ten Hag explains how Kobbie Mainoo will deal with hype after England debut


Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag believes Kobbie Mainoo will deal with expectations set of him after making his England debut, however has vowed to ‘intrude’ if the 18-year-old veers off monitor.

Mainoo has loved an exceptional breakthrough season thus far and was not too long ago rewarded with a primary two senior England caps over the March worldwide window, impressing in midfield alongside Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham.

Ten Hag has routinely spoken of his perception in Mainoo, and forward of Saturday’s Premier League journey to Brentford, he was requested for his ideas on how the teen did on his first Three Lions begin towards Belgium on Tuesday.

“I assumed it was excellent, however we’re not shocked,” Ten Hag mentioned. “We have now seen what he’s able to, that he can in a short time adapt to excessive ranges. It seems to be very pure.

“We’re very blissful for him and naturally a bit bit proud. I might say very proud.

“It is nice for the academy of Manchester United that they carry up a participant so younger going into the nationwide group. That may be a massive praise for the entire membership.

“I believe undoubtedly within the first place for himself as a result of he did it. But in addition for all those who labored with him throughout his time within the academy, so it is excellent information for Manchester United.”

Erik ten Hag, Kobbie Mainoo

Ten Hag has stood by Mainoo / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Ten Hag was then requested if he has to handle the hype round Mainoo, to which he replied: “Sure, however we have now mentioned this earlier than and thus far he handles it very properly.

“If he crosses the road, yeah, in fact I as a supervisor, we as coaches, will intrude.

“However thus far it isn’t crucial as a result of he enjoys soccer, he desires to win, he desires to present his finest every single day as a result of he wish to enhance.

“As I say, he simply desires to have enjoyable on the pitch. For him, it is enjoyable to play dominant, to dictate the sport and to win the sport.”