Kobbie Mainoo signs first professional contract with Manchester United

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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