Manchester United FA Youth Cup winner Kobbie Mainoo has signed his first professional contract with the club, after a fantastic season.

Mainoo turned 17 last month and has put pen to paper on a contract, committing his future to the Red Devils.

The teenager posted a picture on Instagram and hailed it as a ‘great way to end a successful season’.

Mainoo signs first professional contract

Mainoo played his first game for Manchester United’s under-18s side when he was aged just 15, back in October 2020.

He made 11 appearances last season before stepping up on a more regular basis in 2021/22.

Mainoo has stepped in as a must-start in big games in central midfield for the under-18s, starting in every game of United’s FA Youth Cup run.

The midfielder has shown skilful traits and quick footwork in possession, along with an ability to pick a pass and chip in and score goals.

Manchester United v Nottingham Forest: FA Youth Cup Final
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Mainoo played 31 games in all competitions for United’s academy in 2021/22, scoring four goals.

While the majority of his appearances came at under-18 level, Mainoo also featured for the under-23s at just 16, and featured in the UEFA Youth League.

United won’t rush Mainoo into the first team, but he is a player who certainly has the ability to get there, and he will get more under-23 opportunities next season.

Manchester United v Nottingham Forest: FA Youth Cup Final
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Along with FA Youth Cup midfield starters Dan Gore and Isak Hansen-Aaroen, Mainoo’s emergence gives Manchester United real hope for the future, at a position which has been somewhat problematic in recent years.

Mainoo’s United teammates were quick to congratulate him on his deal, sending messages in response to his Instagram post.

Mainoo signs first professional contract

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