Manchester United youngster Kobbie Mainoo almost joined Manchester City’s blue side before joining the Red Devils academy.
The Englishman was a key player in the United team that won the FA Youth Cup last year.
A few months later, Erik ten Hag handed Mayne his debut in the main team, who said that the player deserved his chance.
The United staff highly appreciates Maina, considering him one of the best in his age group at the academy. According to The Manchester Evening News, United are also impressed by Mainu’s desire to get better, as well as his statement.
MEN reports: “Mainoo is not only an exceptional potential customer, but also a nice young man. Sources at the club indicated that he is a very calm character who takes everything calmly, and it was suggested that the staff would be surprised if he got ahead of himself.
“He was formed by his parents, and he is firmly on his feet after his debut in the first team.”
MEN reports that before joining the United academy at the age of nine, Mainoo and his family were looking for a team in Manchester that could challenge the player and contribute to his development.
This search began on the recommendation of Steve Ware, who coached the United player during his time at Cheadle and Gatley.
Vare talked to MEN and said that Cheadle and Gatley soon proved too easy for Mainu, who was consistently the best player even among players older than him.
Mainoo then joined Failsworth Dynamos, where he played above his age all the time.
Ian Kelly, who coached the 17-year-old at Failsworth Dynamo, told MEN: “He went to the United academy at under-8 level, obviously hadn’t signed a contract playing for Failsworth yet, and you needed to get him. go through again after playing there. His care developed eventually, and he was strong, small and stocky.”
Failsworth Dynamo played three games against Manchester City. They drew two and lost one. The City coach noticed that they were given a game unlike anything they had seen in the past.
By this time, Mainoo had come to the attention of the scouts, and he was faced with a choice between Manchester United and City. He went to both academies for a while, but in the end he made the right decision and chose the Red Devils.