The potential impact of a young Man Utd midfielder in the upcoming Liverpool trip

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has made it clear that age does not matter if the player is good enough. His 18-year-old academy product Kobbie Mainoo serves as a perfect example. Mainoo only recently made his full Premier League debut, but has shone as a rare bright spot in an otherwise bleak season for the Red Devils. As United prepare for a daunting trip to Liverpool’s Anfield stadium, Mainoo’s involvement could play a crucial role in avoiding a repeat of last season’s 7-0 thrashing.

Despite limited playing time, Mainoo has proven himself capable of handling the pressure of a hostile atmosphere, as demonstrated during his debut at Goodison Park in November. With his composed and mature performance, Mainoo was a constant presence as United secured a 3-0 win. In each game he has started for the team, Mainoo has consistently maintained the highest pass completion rate. This coolness under pressure is expected to be instrumental as United face a challenging Liverpool side.

Mainoo’s relative lack of experience with United’s chronic chaos, in comparison to more experienced players on the team, could work in his favor. The absence of the suspended Bruno Fernandes might give Scott McTominay more freedom to play a more attacking role. With Mainoo providing stability in midfield, United are expected to present a more secure presence in the middle of the pitch.

The match against Liverpool on Sunday will put Mainoo’s skills to the ultimate test and will determine whether he can help end United’s seven-year winless streak at Anfield. However, given his strong start to senior football, Mainoo’s inclusion should at least prevent another humiliation applied to United’s recent setbacks. United fans and neutrals alike will be watching as Mainoo and the Red Devils aim to overcome the odds against Liverpool.

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