Casemiro's acclaim for Kobbie

Tuesday 12 March 2024 15:00

Midfield general Casemiro has given a huge salute to his junior partner in the Manchester United side, Kobbie Mainoo.

Speaking during a major interview in the new edition of our official monthly magazine Inside United, the Brazilian was fulsome in his praise of the 18-year-old, with whom he’s shared the engine room in impressive fashion since the two were paired for the first time in January.

“For those of us who work with him, it’s been no surprise to see him scoring and playing really well in games,” said the Brazilian.

“I think we have a complete player in Kobbie – aggressive, looks after the ball, a player who wants the ball.”

That is a glowing commendation, coming from a player who has been at the top of the midfield game for a decade and has the medals to show for it. And so convinced is Casemiro by Kobbie’s qualities, including the “good head he has on his shoulders”, he believes that the youngster could be a midfield mainstay for a long time to come.

“I would say that if Kobbie continues the way he’s going with this mentality, continues training hard and doing things right, Manchester United have a great player for the next 15 years.”

It’s a ringing endorsement for the teenager, and one of numerous compelling insights from Casemiro’s big interview – during which the issue’s cover star also discusses more Reds midfield team-mates, and namechecks the players he looked up to when he was moulding his own game as a youngster – which you can read in full in Inside United magazine.

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Elsewhere in the new edition, continuing the midfield theme, there’s behind-the-scenes colour from Mainoo’s recent coaching session and Q&A with an excited group of Academy Under-8s.

if you haven’t already seen the video, you can watch it here.

It was Kobbie’s first major piece of media as a senior player, and comes with plenty of perception and insight in the full interview he conducted after he’d finished his walk down memory lane with the Under-8s.

Kobbie Mainoo | Playing With Freedom Video

Kobbie Mainoo | Playing With Freedom

PLAYING WITH FREEDOM | Here's another chance to watch Kobbie's first major interview, from earlier in 2024…

Andre Onana also features in the magazine, revealing his goalkeeping heroes and the respect he has for the trailblazers who have paved the way for modern keepers such as himself. And there’s plenty more within the mag’s 100 pages, including a nod to some of our great Reds from across the Irish Sea (think George Best, Roy Keane, Norman Whiteside and more), reporting on United Women’s campaign, big-match previews, Academy insight and fan contributions.

The April edition of Inside United is on sale now in shops, at the Old Trafford Megastore, around the stadium on home matchdays and can also be bought or subscribed to online here.

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