Mainoo reaches out to United fan
Kobbie Mainoo has filmed a special video message for a Manchester United fan who shared an emotional story about his late father on social media.
Daniel Killeen sadly lost dad Vincent to cancer on Sunday but will always be able to cherish the final moments that they spent together, watching the favourite club in action.
The pair took in United’s turbulent but triumphant 4-3 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday evening, from Vincent’s hospital room.
The Reds let a two-goal advantage slip, before Mainoo’s moment of magic in the seventh minute of stoppage time settled a thrilling encounter.
Due to the circumstances, it is a game that Daniel and his family will never forget and he directly addressed Kobbie in his message, posted on X, thanking him for ‘a truly brilliant and special moment’.
“When Wolves equalised, we were both so frustrated,” wrote Daniel.
“I have never willed United to score more than that moment and then Kobbie Mainoo steps up with an amazing winner.
“Seeing dad’s arm in the air, a smile on his face and declaring: “that’s why you watch United”. When he saw that you were doing an interview, he insisted that I stay so he could listen.
“I know football should be about winning trophies, but you will never score a more important goal for our family, Kobbie.
“You are already a hero in our household and you are now my seven-year-old’s favourite player.
“Thank you for a truly brilliant and special moment. I am sure your career will bring many of them.”
Kobbie was moved by Daniel’s message and sent this in reply, via video:
“Hi Daniel, Kobbie here. I saw your message on Twitter and was really touched by your story.
“I'm really sorry about the passing of your father. I'm glad you could share such a special moment together, and I could play a small part in that.
“I wanted to invite you and your son to a game soon at Old Trafford. So we'll get in touch and get everything sorted. Stay strong and I'll see you soon.”