Dimitar Berbatov names Man Utd star who reminds him of Paul Scholes | Football

Man Utd star Kobbie Mainoo has massively impressed this season (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has compared Kobbie Mainoo to Paul Scholes and other Class of 92 legends due to his maturity at such a young age.

The 18-year-old midfielder has massively impressed this season having broken into the first team under Erik ten Hag.

Ten Hag hailed Mainoo after his 97th-minute winner for United against Wolves last week and admitted his player is making ‘incredible progress’ this term.

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, feels that Mainoo has similar traits to ex-AC Milan and Real Madrid great Clarence Seedorf.

Berbatov has now also shared his thoughts on Mainoo as he told Betfair: ‘The goal he scored against Wolves was great because it shows that he’s mature beyond his years.

‘He had the courage to try something different in the last minute of the game and it was a special moment.

‘Mainoo is a special player, but as with every 18-year-old, we must just let them play because at the moment, Kobbie is just enjoying football in its purest form and that’s what I like to see.

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Dimitar Berbatov feels Kobbie Mainoo is a ‘special player’ (Picture: Getty)

‘You have to go back to the likes of Paul Scholes, Giggsy, Gary Neville, and when that crop of players broke through to see players so young seem so mature. 

‘Now with Kobbie, you can see he plays the game with such confidence. He’s composed and he knows how to play the game. Of course, we all hope he’ll get better because he’s still so young. Players like him are special individuals.

‘You see them play at a young age and they clearly have the talent. Now the only thing Kobbie must do is continue developing and work on the weak points of his game that will benefit the team.’


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